Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley Castle: The Outer Approach to the North Gate; the Courtyard Looking South

1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 120 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22104
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 66 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned vertically, there are three registers of sketches here. The top one shows the outer face of the Sharington Range of Dudley Castle, seen from below with the North Gate at the centre; the view is now partly obscured by trees across a pool in Dudley Zoo, which surrounds the castle ruins. There are other views of the outside of the Sharington Range in the contemporary Birmingham and Coventry sketchbook (Tate D22400, D22401; Turner Bequest CCXL 41a, 42).
The middle and lower registers views are effectively continuous, showing the castle’s inner courtyard from inside the North Gate. Above is the inner face of the Sharington Range, which is carried on below to the foot of the keep. The buildings remain in much the same state today, apart from the loss of the upper storey of the bay windows Turner shows at the left of the upper section. There is a view of the keep from outside the North Gate on folio 69 recto opposite (D22105; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 67).
For other views of Dudley see under folio 23 recto (D22016).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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