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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Dudley: The Castle ?from Wren's Nest Hill 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 53 Verso:
Dudley: The Castle ?from Wren’s Nest Hill 1830
Turner Bequest CCXL 53a
Pencil on white wove paper, 68 x 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As part of unpublished Turner research informed by local knowledge, Dr Bernard Richards has confirmed this drawing, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation and continuing on folio 53 recto opposite (D22425), as a Dudley subject.1 The sketches between folio 50 recto and here (D22417–D22425) all seem to be of or looking from Wren’s Nest Hill, north of Dudley, in this case looking south-east towards the castle (confined to the opposite page), as on previous pages. A painting of Dudley from the Wren’s Nest by Frederick Henry Henshaw (1807–1891; Dudley Museums Service) shows a similar aspect. Compare the sequence in the contemporary Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D22085–D22090; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 57–59a). For other views of Dudley, see under folio 39 recto (D22395).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Conversation with the author, 14 May 2013.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Dudley: The Castle ?from Wren’s Nest Hill 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-from-wrens-nest-hill-r1148574, accessed 18 January 2022.