J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dudley: The Castle and Priory with St Thomas's Church Beyond; the Priory 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 55 Recto:
Dudley: The Castle and Priory with St Thomas’s Church Beyond; the Priory 1830
D22427
Turner Bequest CCXL 55
Pencil on white wove paper, 68 x 110 x 68 mm
Partial watermark ‘Gat | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘55’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCXL – 55’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards1 confirmed this as a view of the ruined keep Dudley Castle from the wooded slopes below (now occupied by Dudley Zoo), looking south-west to the spire of St Thomas’s Church. Inverted at the top right is Dudley Priory, continued from the similar prospect on folio 54 verso opposite (D22426).
There are variations on this view on folios 55 verso–56 recto and 56 verso (D22428–D22430). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Dudley: The Castle and Priory with St Thomas’s Church Beyond; the Priory 1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dudley-the-castle-and-priory-with-st-thomass-church-beyond-r1148577, accessed 15 July 2020.