Joseph Mallord William Turner?Dunollie or Tioram Castle 1831

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?Dunollie or Tioram Castle
From Sound of Mull (?) No. 1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 91 x 153 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 8
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
?Dunollie or Tioram Castle 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 91 x 153 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘8’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIV – 8’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the ruin standing on a rock in this sketch is either Dunollie Castle near Oban, or Tioram Castle in Loch Moidart.1 The ruin certainly bears a resemblance to Dunollie Castle (see for example Tate D26927; CCLXXIII 94a), which Turner passed as the boat he was traveling on left Oban Bay for the Sound of Mull. The ruin looks less like Tioram Castle, the islands or rocks to the right do not correspond to its locations, and it is doubtful that Turner would have seen Tioram Castle.
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 29].

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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