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