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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Recto:
Kenilworth Castle from the North-East 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 33
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Partial watermark ‘nard | 20’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘33’ bottom left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXVIII – 33’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Kenilworth Castle is seen from the present-day junction of Castle Hill and Castle Road, looking south-west. Lunn’s Tower is on the left, with Leicester’s Building and the Great Tower beyond, and Leicester’s Gatehouse with its gabled façade on the right. Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject appears slightly confused at the right where it overlaps with a brief continuation from another view of the castle on folio 32 verso opposite (D22035).
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 North-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-north-east-r1148677, accessed 28 January 2022.