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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire: The Inner Court with the Great Hall Beyond 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire: The Inner Court with the Great Hall Beyond 1797
D00906
Turner Bequest XXXIV 1
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 1’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this partially coloured study makes use of simple buff and grey washes with touches of red to indicate brickwork. The view is from the Inner Court looking towards the Great Hall. Wingfield Manor, three miles west of Alfreton, Derbyshire, was built in 1440 by Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England, and continued in use until the late eighteenth century. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned there on three occasions. Another, more general, view of the ruins is on folio 2 recto (D00907). A finished wash drawing of the gateway to the Inner Court is Tate D36501 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 23). It may have been executed as a result of Turner’s visit to Derbyshire during his Midland tour of 1794. Alternatively it may have been copied from another artist’s work, and does not establish with certainty that he had visited Wingfield previous to the occasion recorded in this sketchbook.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire: The Inner Court with the Great Hall Beyond 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-wingfield-manor-derbyshire-the-inner-court-with-the-great-r1150061, accessed 28 January 2022.