Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lochhouse Tower, outside Moffat, from the East

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
D03249
Turner Bequest LVI 171 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 174 recto opposite (D03250; Turner Bequest LVI 172). Auchincass or Auchen Castle, two miles south west of Moffat, is supposed to have been built by Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray (died 1332) who was Regent of Scotland 1329–1331. In his inscription on the other page, Turner may have confused him with the better-known ‘Regent Murray’, James Stewart (?1531–1570). However, Turner’s drawing does not show the ruins of Auchincass, but apparently those of Lochhouse, a small sixteenth-century tower house on the road leading south out of Moffat. Lochhouse is now fully restored.
Another view of the tower is on folios 174 verso–175 recto (D03251–D03252; Turner Bequest LVI 172a–173).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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