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