Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shrewsbury Castle from the East


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 70 a

Catalogue entry

In the upper drawing, made inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the keep of Shrewsbury Castle is shown on the right, with the tower at the southern end of the fortifications on the left. The church spires of St Mary the Virgin and St Alkmund are seen beyond to the west. The viewpoint is probably along The Dana above the River Severn. The railway now runs across below the castle, which is partly obscured by trees, with the town’s station just to the right. In the distance on the left is the English Bridge (since obscured by the railway bridge), which is carried over briefly to folio 72 recto (D22281; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 71). Below is a detail of the curtain wall.
For other views of Shrewsbury, see under folio 24 recto (D22182).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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