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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Kenilworth Castle: The Interior of the Great Hall 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Verso:
Kenilworth Castle: The Interior of the Great Hall 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 35a
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘wall’ across window towards top centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this slight sketch shows the interior of Kenilworth Castle’s Great Hall, with the archway leading to the Saintlowe Tower on the main floor level beside a deeply recessed window, with the blank arcade of the once-vaulted cellars below. Turner’s inscription ‘wall’ may be a reminder that the sky beyond the window is obscured from this angle by the tower beyond. There is a wider view of this side of the hall on the recto (D22040).
On the left is a slight continuation from the view of the Great Tower on folio 36 recto opposite (D22042). 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: The Interior of the Great Hall 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-the-interior-of-the-great-hall-r1148682, accessed 20 September 2021.