Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kenilworth Castle from the South-South-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 × 203 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22029
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 29 a

Catalogue entry

Kenilworth Castle is seen from the south-south-west, with the Strong Tower and Saintlowe Tower flanking the Great Hall on the left, Leicester’s Building to the right and the Great Tower rising between them on the north side of the inner court beyond Gaunt’s Tower. The view is continues to the right on folio 30 recto opposite (D22030).
Most of the sketches between folios 27 recto (D22024) and 37 verso (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 37 verso,1 see under the recto (D22028). Andrew Wilton2 followed Finberg3 in citing the present double-page spread as the source for the watercolour Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, c.1830 (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco),4 engraved in 1832 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04596, T06099), although the view on the recto (D22028) is closest in its juxtaposition of the various elements of the castle.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Shanes 1979, p.156
2
Wilton 1979, p.398 under no.842.
3
Finberg 1909, II, p.730.
4
Wilton 1979, p.398 no.842, reproduced.

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