Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire: The Inner Court with the Great Hall Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 210 × 270 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 1

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this partially coloured study makes use of simple buff and grey washes with touches of red to indicate brickwork. The view is from the Inner Court looking towards the Great Hall. Wingfield Manor, three miles west of Alfreton, Derbyshire, was built in 1440 by Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England, and continued in use until the late eighteenth century. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned there on three occasions. Another, more general, view of the ruins is on folio 2 recto (D00907). A finished wash drawing of the gateway to the Inner Court is Tate D36501 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 23). It may have been executed as a result of Turner’s visit to Derbyshire during his Midland tour of 1794. Alternatively it may have been copied from another artist’s work, and does not establish with certainty that he had visited Wingfield previous to the occasion recorded in this sketchbook.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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