Joseph Mallord William Turner

Crichton Castle

1818

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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
D13734
Turner Bequest CLXVII 81

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right is a rapid sketch of Crichton Castle from across the Tyne valley to the north-west. We look towards the castle’s west range with the stable block nearby on the right. Turner’s heavily drawn pencil scribbles indicating the rough ground of the hills and the shadowy areas created by the setting sun prefigure the wide, dramatic, shadowy landscape that he depicted in his treatment of Crichton Castle, circa 1818 (The Morgan Library and Museum, New York), for Scott’s Provincial Antiquities.1
For more information see folio 86 (D13728; CLXVII 78).

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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