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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Kenilworth Castle from the East-South-East 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 34 Verso:
Kenilworth Castle from the East-South-East 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 34a
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Partial watermark ‘rnard | 20’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Kenilworth Castle is seen from the east-south-east, with the Great Tower on the skyline with Leicester’s Building to its left. Below the Great Tower is the Water Tower, with Leicester’s Gatehouse and Lunn’s Tower below to the right. There appears to be a footbridge in the foreground. The viewpoint is on or near Castle Road, where a road bridge now crosses the stream below the castle, largely obscured by trees on this side. The view continues a little way onto folio 35 recto opposite (D22040), where trees frame Turner’s prospect. At the top right is a slight plan or diagram of part of the castle, which also continues opposite.
Most of the sketches between folios 27 recto (D22024) and 37 verso (D22045) show Kenilworth. For the history of the castle and Turner’s subsequent watercolour, which Eric Shanes has described as a ‘synthesis’ of sketches between folios 28 verso (D22027) and 37 verso,1 see under folio 29 recto (D22028).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Shanes 1979, p.156

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Kenilworth Castle from the East-South-East 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-kenilworth-castle-from-the-east-south-east-r1148680, accessed 21 January 2021.