Joseph Mallord William Turner

Crichton Castle

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13729
Turner Bequest CLXVII 78 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch of Crichton Castle is one of a series of distant views from the north in the Scotch Antiquities sketchbook (see folio 86; D13728; CLXVII 78 for more information). Having sketched the centre in detail from up close on folio 86, Turner could now save time by simply sketching the outline of the castle and concentrating on representing the surrounding landscape. Again his approach is economic, concentrating on outline, while suggesting areas of foliage with rapid serrated lines.

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

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