Joseph Mallord William TurnerCrichton Castle 1818

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Crichton Castle
From Scotch Antiquities Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXVII
Date 1818
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 112 x 186 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXVII 78 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 86 Verso:
Crichton Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 78a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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