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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Interior of a Kitchen 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Recto:
Interior of a Kitchen 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVI 68
Pencil on white laid paper, 156 x 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg noted the inscription on the verso of this leaf (D40784), which he read as referring to ‘the Castle of Küssenberg, near Schaffhausen’ – actually Schloss Küssaberg, near Lauchringen, for which see folio 17 verso of this sketchbook (D04672). Finberg’s comment has led to an assumption that the interior itself belonged to the castle, although he did not say so precisely and the castle was in fact already a ruin. Even if it were not, one might wonder how Turner would have gained access to it, and the scene is more probably the kitchen of some inn or eating house.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Interior of a Kitchen 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-interior-of-a-kitchen-r1133204, accessed 17 January 2022.