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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Kenilworth Castle from the West 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Verso:
Kenilworth Castle from the West 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 28a
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Kenilworth Castle is seen from the west, with the Strong Tower and Saintlowe Tower flanking the Great Hall on the left and the Great Tower rising beyond. Gaunt’s Tower and Leicester’s Building, on the south-eastern corner of the complex, are to the right, with the spire of St Nicholas’s Church in the distance. There is a small detail of window tracery above the main sketch. At the bottom right, roughly partitioned by pencil lines, is a rudimentary profile of the castle beyond trees, which appears to be from a similar viewpoint.
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 here and 37 verso,1 see under folio 29 recto opposite (D22028), showing a view from a little further south.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Shanes 1979, p.156

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Kenilworth Castle from the West 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-west-r1148668, accessed 26 August 2019.