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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dudley: The Priory, Priory Hall, and the Castle Keep 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 62 Recto:
Dudley: The Priory, Priory Hall, and the Castle Keep 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 60
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Partial watermark ‘nard | 20’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Dudley P. The Castle grey’ bottom right, ascending vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘60’ bottom left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXVIII – 60’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main view shows the ruins of Dudley Priory and Priory Hall from Dudley Castle, looking north-west towards Wren’s Nest Hill. There is a small reprise of the composition with the buildings framed by trees to the bottom right, made with the page turned vertically, inscribed ‘Dudley P. The Castle grey’; beside it is a study of the north-west tower of the castle keep, perhaps made looking back from the same vantage point. There is a similar thumbnail study of the keep on folio 71 verso (D22110; Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 69a).
For other views of Dudley see under folio 23 recto (D22016).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Dudley: The Priory, Priory Hall, and the Castle Keep 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-priory-priory-hall-and-the-castle-keep-r1148732, accessed 01 December 2020.