Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this is a study at Kenilworth Castle shows the ruined Elizabethan south and east fronts of Leicester’s Building on the left, with the Great Tower across the inner court to the north. The viewpoint is from the foot of a slope just inside the outer castle wall; the corner of Leicester’s building is now obscured from this immediate angle by a large tree. The Great Tower is continued a little way onto folio 35 verso opposite (D22041), while Leicester’s Building is seen again on the verso (D22043).
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 folio 29 recto (D22028).
Shanes 1979, p.156