Joseph Mallord William Turner

Craigmillar Castle

1831

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25972
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 25

Catalogue entry

There are four sketches of Craigmillar Castle on this page, demonstrating Turner’s systematic approach to recording both the architectural details and ornamentation of a building. At the top left of the page is a view of the castle from nearby to the west inscribed ‘Craig’. To the right of this is a study of the south-east corner. With the sketchbook inverted are two further studies. The larger shows a view from the east with a description inscribed beneath. Finally, at the top right of the inverted page is a rough sketch of the castle’s north façade and a close-up sketch of the coat of arms that is situated above the doorway. Turner’s description tells us that it consists of ‘Three unicorns on a shield | 2 Lion pups which use | s[...] lions with | B[...]’.
There are four further pages of sketches at Craigmillar, see folio 23 (D25968; CCLXVII 23) for references.
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Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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