Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruined Tower, Perhaps Castle Craig, Cromary Firth or Coxton Tower Near Elgin

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27068
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 13 a

Catalogue entry

Two suggestions have been made for the identification of this ruined tower. David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested it may be Coxton Tower near Elgin, as depicted by William Daniell in his A Voyage Round Great Britain: Coxtown Tower, near Elgin 1821 (aquatint, Tate T02899). However, Janet Carolan’s suggestion of Castle Craig on the southern shore of the Cromarty Firth opposite Evanton is perhaps more convincing, as Turner drew the tower on a loose sheet while staying with Hugh Munro at Novar House near Evanton (Tate D34845; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 359).1

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Sketchbook CCLXXVII Inverness’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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