Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley: The Castle and Priory with St Thomas’s Church Beyond

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: 78 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22426
Turner Bequest CCXL 54 a

Catalogue entry

As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards1 confirmed this as a view, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, of the ruined keep Dudley Castle from the wooded slopes below (now occupied by Dudley Zoo), looking south-west to the spire of St Thomas’s Church. The view continues a little way on folio 55 recto opposite (D22427), with the ruins of Dudley Priory at the foot of the hill; the main view on that page shows a similar prospect.
There are variations on this view on folios 55 verso–56 recto and 56 verso (D22428–D22430). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

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