Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Rock and the Campsie Fells from Bridge of Allan, Stirling

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26461
Turner Bequest CCLXX 13 a

Catalogue entry

These two sketches have been identified as views from above the Bridge of Allan to the north of Stirling.1 Both sketches show Castle Rock with Stirling Castle at the left and the Campsie Fells in the distant south. To the right is the Carse of Stirling, an area of low-lying flat land. The peak of Ben Lomond can be seen at the right of each sketch. The bottom sketch includes a turn of the River Forth, with the rooftops of houses in the Bridge of Allan district of the city in the foreground.
There are sketches from nearby on folios 12 verso–14 verso (D26459–D26463). For further information on Turner’s visit to Stirling and sketches of the town see folio 13 (D26460).

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

1
First identified by Crawford 1936, p.23; and further discussed by Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, p.17.

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