Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashby-de-la-Zouch from the West; Landscape Sketches and Diagrams


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 203 × 120 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 90 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned vertically, there are several views here. The main one, across the middle of the page, shows St Helen’s Church and Ashby Castle from the west. The church tower can be seen today from this angle from Kilwardby Street, but the castle is obscured by later buildings.
Above this sketch, working down from the top there are one or two thumbnail sketches of buildings in landscapes, a faint view along a street, with what appears to be the tower of St Helen’s beyond, and a slight sketch of buildings and trees. Below, there are tentative vertical and horizontal lines and a zigzag at the bottom centre, which may have some geometric or architectural significance. Other slight views continue in bands ‘above’ on the inside of the back cover (D41046). There is a small sketch in the contemporary Birmingham and Coventry sketchbook which appears to show a similar distant prospect (Tate D22355; Turner Bequest CCXL 19).
For other views of Ashby, see under folio 21 verso (D22012; CCXXXVIII 21).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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