Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gylen Castle and the South Coast of Kerrera from the West

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26868
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 65

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of a series of views of Gylen Castle that Turner made from the west: folios 63 verso–67 verso; D26865–D26873). The present sketch was made from the headland near the castle. While Turner represented the ruin as just a faint rectangular outline, he paid more attention to the cliffs and crags along the south coast of Kerrera, his rapidly scribbled lines capturing the rocky character of the terrain while recording the topography with ample accuracy.
The castle is depicted in more detail in other sketches, especially on folio 73 verso (D26885); see that entry for further details about Turner’s visit to Gylen Castle.

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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