Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle from the North-West

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: 120 x 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22044
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 37

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Kenilworth Castle is seen from the vicinity of Purlieu Lane, looking south-east. Above the Swan Tower on the outer wall, the Great Tower is flanked by Leicester’s Gatehouse to the left, and the Great Hall flanked by the Strong Tower and the Saintlowe Tower to the right. An Elizabethan garden has recently been recreated in the area between the perimeter wall and the Great Tower, including a prominent Renaissance-style pavilion between the Swan Tower and Leicester’s Gatehouse.
Most of the sketches between folios 27 recto (D22024) and the verso of the present leaf (D22045) show Kenilworth. For the history of the castle and Turner’s subsequent watercolour, which Eric Shanes has described as a ‘synthesis’ of sketches between folios 28 verso (D22027) and D22045,1 see under folio 29 recto (D22028).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1979, p.156

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