Joseph Mallord William TurnerRuins of Elgin Cathedral from the South-West 1831

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Artist
Title
Ruins of Elgin Cathedral from the South-West
From Inverness Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 163 x 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27217
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 140
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 140 Recto:
Ruins of Elgin Cathedral from the South-West 1831
D27217
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 140
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 163 x 104 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘140’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXVII 140’ top left inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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:
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Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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