Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle with St Helen’s Church Beyond

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22067
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 50

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are two similar views of the ruins of Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle here. Above is a view from the south, with the brick-built tower at the south-west corner of the gardens at the centre of the foreground, with the Hastings Tower to the right and the kitchen block with the square tower of St Helen’s Church beyond. Below right is a smaller prospect from further a little further east, framed by pencil lines. Turner’s viewpoints are now occupied by later houses and gardens.
For other views of Ashby, see under folio 21 verso (D22012; CCXXXVIII 21). As Eric Shanes has noted, ‘the large number of those studies suggests that the painter went to great lengths to find a view of the scene that sparked his imagination’.1

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1990, p.276; see also p.286 note 232, and Shanes 1979, p.156.

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