Joseph Mallord William Turner
Ruins of Elgin Cathedral from the North-East 1831

Artwork details

Ruins of Elgin Cathedral from the North-East
From Inverness Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII
Date 1831
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 104 x 163 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 138
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Catalogue entry

This view of Elgin Cathedral is from the north-east. At the left is the presbytery (drawn as a faint outline), with the remains of its rose window represented as a circle, and at the right is the octagonal chapter house, which Turner drew the inside of on the opposite sketchbook page (folio 137 verso; D24212). At the centre of the page is the outline of the north tower at the western end of the cathedral.
Turner dedicated fourteen pages of the Inverness sketchbook to studies of Elgin Cathedral, see folio 139 (D27215) for references.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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