Kenilworth Castle

Michael Angelo Rooker, 1794 first exhibited

WAG 8156

About this object

The entrance to John of Gaunt's Great Hall is illustrated in this watercolour. Two other drawings 'The Ruins of Kenilworth Castle' and 'Ruins of Kenilworth Castle', both the same size as 'Kenilworth Castle', may have been exhibited with it at the Royal Academy in 1794.

Rooker embarked upon a sketching tour of England and Wales late in 1788. He visited Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwickshire and Somerset among other places. He was particularly skilled at representing the varieties of architectural texture.

From the 1780s onwards Rooker relied less on pencil drawing when composing his watercolours and instead worked solely in watercolour with his brush.

His depictions of ruins often offer unusual views of familiar sites. In this watercolour he has emphasized the haystacks, farm animals and labourers rather than focusing on the bulding itself.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Michael Angelo Rooker (British: English, born:1946, died:3 March 1801)
  • Date
    1794 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 22.5 cm x 27.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Landscape view of the ruins of Kenilworth Castle on the left with livestock grazing at the entrance to John of Gaunt's Great Hall. Two figures on a grassy mound near a large tree on the right.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Michael Angelo Rooker (Artist/maker); Walker's Galleries (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8156
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972-07
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Walker's Galleries

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 9510, mr & b
    Inscription method: Inscribed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Old Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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