Joseph Mallord William TurnerStirling Castle From the South 1831

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Artist
Title
Stirling Castle From the South
From Stirling and the West Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXX
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26452
Turner Bequest CCLXX 9
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Stirling Castle From the South 1831
D26452
Turner Bequest CCLXX 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 201 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘9’ bottom left descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXX – 9’ bottom left descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Stirling Castle was probably made from the Ladies’ Rock to the south. It is similar to the view opposite in the sketchbook on folio 8 verso (D26451) which shows the castle buildings from slightly closer, and to an outline of the castle on the reverse of this page (folio 9 verso; D26453). This sketch pays particular attention to the Castle Rock, although the buildings are also drawn carefully with attention to details such as the tracery in the four arched windows of the central block. There are further views from nearby on folio 16 and 16 verso of this book (D26466, D26467). For references to further sketches made at Stirling, see folio 13 (D16460).

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

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