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
D13730
Turner Bequest CLXVII 79

Catalogue entry

One of a series of views of Crichton Castle from the north (see folio 86; D13728; CLXVII 78), this rather rapid sketch looks south along the Tyne valley with the castle on the eastern bank to the left of the drawing, and what may be several ruins on the hillside in the foreground. With the plunging rugged hillsides (rather exaggerated) and the castle rising above, this is a Romantic vision of Crichton Castle that is born out in the final design, Crichton Castle, circa 1818 (The Morgan Library and Museum, New York).1

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.425 no.1059.

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