Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley: The Castle from the South; the East Front of St Thomas’s Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 61

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is a view of the ruins of Dudley Castle from the south-east. Modern developments make the viewpoint difficult to establish, but similar views are possible, with trees obscuring much of the castle, from around Watsons Green Road and Wolverton Road on Kates Hill, overlooking Dudley’s Southern Bypass. The castle is seen in the wider landscape from similar angles on the verso (D22094) and subsequent pages.
Below is a separate study of the east front of Dudley’s St Thomas’s Church; its spire is seen in various other sketches of the town. There are similar studies in the contemporary Birmingham and Coventry sketchbook (Tate D22395; Turner Bequest CCXL 39). For other views of Dudley see under folio 23 recto (D22016).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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