Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins of Elgin Cathedral from the South-West

1831

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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
D27217
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 140

Catalogue entry

Continuing on folio 139 verso (D27216) is a sketch of the southern side of Elgin Cathedral as seen from the south-west corner. This half of the sketch shows the south tower at the west end of the cathedral, one of two towers that flank the west door. See folio 139 (D27015) for references to further sketches of the cathedral.
At the bottom left of the sketch, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is a quick sketch of a well-dressed lady wearing a bonnet. It is not known whether this was someone that Turner met while travelling in Scotland, just someone he saw on his travels, or even an invented figure.
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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