Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Urquhart Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 150 x 180 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 21

Catalogue entry

These sketches of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness were made as the steamboat on which Turner was travelling drew parallel with the ruins. Across the page are five studies of the castle ruins, several of which overlap slightly. The two sketches at the top are from close by to the south-east and show the castle’s tower house. Beneath is a view of the tower house from the east. Overlapping at the left is a sketch, drawn with the book turned to the right, of the tower house from the north. To the right is another view of the castle, probably drawn with the sketchbook inverted.
At the left of the page, drawn with the page turned to the right, is a sketch of Urquhart Bay with the castle at the far left.
For further sketches of the castle see folio 19 (D26998).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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