Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunglass Castle, with a Distant View of Dumbarton Rock

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02963
Turner Bequest LVI 26 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 27 recto opposite (D02964). Dunglass, a fourteenth-century fortification which by Turner’s time had become a ruin, stands on the Clyde estuary near the village of Bowling, about three miles from Dumbarton. A residence was built close behind it in the nineteenth century, and the site became a shipbuilding yard. Much diminished in scale, it is now dominated by a late nineteenth-century obelisk commemorating Henry Bell (1767–1830), a pioneer of steam navigation. See also under folio 25 verso (D02561).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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