Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Shrewsbury: The Castle and Town


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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 71 a

Catalogue entry

There are two main sketches here, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Across the middle Shrewsbury Castle is seen from the north-west (apparently through trees, unless these comprise an overlapping sketch), with the tower of Shrewsbury School (now Shrewsbury Library) on the right. Above is an outline from a similar angle, with the church spires of St Mary the Virgin and St Alkmund to the right. The viewpoint may be the opposite bank of the Severn at the neck of the peninsula formed by the loop of the river surrounding the town centre.
Compare the views on the recto (D22281) and folio 73 recto opposite (D22283; Turner Bequest CCXXXIX 72). For other sketches of the town, see under folio 24 recto (D22182).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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