Joseph Mallord William TurnerArdtornish Castle from the West 1831

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Ardtornish Castle from the West
From Staffa Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 116 x 186 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 51 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 51 Verso:
Ardtornish Castle from the West 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 51a
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ardtornish Castle is seen in this sketch from the west. Turner made this sketch and others of the castle as he steamed down the Sound of Mull on his return journey to Oban, having visited the isles of Skye and Staffa, and having sketched the castle on his outward journey (see folio 51; D26840). One sketch in the Sound of Mull no.1 sketchbook closely resembles the current sketch, though it shows the castle in outline only (Tate D26947; Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 6a). The castle ruins stand on a headland on the Morvern side of the Sound of Mull, just to the east of Loch Aline. Behind the castle is the hill Glais Bheinn. While many of Turner’s sketches of the castles and ruins that line the Sound of Mull are hard to distinguish, the present sketches of Ardtornish are identifiable by the distinctive square ruin with a gable of higher standing wall on the south-west façade.

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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