Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bonshaw Tower, with Merkland Cross in the Foreground

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03257
Turner Bequest LVI 175 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 178 recto opposite (D03258; Turner Bequest LVI 176). For other drawings of the tower, see under folio 175 verso (D03253; Turner Bequest LVI 173a).
The Merkland Cross, standing a mile south east of Kirtlebridge, Dumfries and Galloway, was erected in the fifteenth century, traditionally supposed to have commemorated a local military hero, but perhaps intended simply to mark a meeting-place for drovers and other travellers.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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