Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Dunkeld House and the River Tay, Looking towards Craigie Barns

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink wash, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 290 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03424
Turner Bequest LVIII 45

Catalogue entry

This is one of the most beautiful of the ‘Scottish Pencils’, but its subject has yet to be confirmed. It has been suggested that the house glimpsed between the trees at the right is Monzie Castle, but Turner’s schematic representation of the building does not bear this out; nor is the conformation of the valley very like. Compare the 1801 Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate D03189–D03192; Turner Bequest LVI 141a–142, 142a–143).
The evocation of scale and distance, with the careful placing of the trees as a partial screen, anticipates ‘house portrait’ compositions of a later period, such as The Vale of Ashburnham, a watercolour executed for Cooke’s Views in Sussex in 1816 (British Museum, London).1
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.348 no.425, pl.126.
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Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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