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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tamworth Castle, St Editha's Church and Ladybridge 1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 56 Recto:
Tamworth Castle, St Editha’s Church and Ladybridge 1830
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 55
Pencil on white wove paper, 120 x 203 mm
Partial watermark ‘R Ba | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘55’ bottom left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCXXXVIII – 55’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Tamworth Castle and St Editha’s Church are seen to the north-west across the River Anker, with Ladybridge on the left. Eric Shanes1 has associated this sketch with Turner’s England and Wales watercolour of Tamworth, which is described under its main source, folio 52 verso (D22072; CCXXXVIII 51c); the present prospect is from some way further east, from where trees and later developments now obscure the view. Other Tamworth sketches are discussed under D22072.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Shanes 1979, p.156; Shanes 1990, pp.217, 285 note 158.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Tamworth Castle, St Editha’s Church and Ladybridge 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-tamworth-castle-st-edithas-church-and-ladybridge-r1148720, accessed 15 January 2021.