Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dudley: The Castle ?from Wren’s Nest Hill

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
D22425
Turner Bequest CCXL 54

Catalogue entry

As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has confirmed this drawing, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation and continuing on folio 53 verso opposite (D22424), as a Dudley subject.1 The sketches between folio 49 verso (D22416) and here all seem to be of or looking from Wren’s Nest Hill, north of Dudley, in this case looking south-east towards the castle, as on previous pages. A painting of Dudley from the Wren’s Nest by Frederick Henry Henshaw (1807–1891; Dudley Museums Service) shows a similar aspect. Compare the sequence in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22085–D22090; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 57–59a). 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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