Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alloa and Clackmannan Tower from the River Forth; and Dumbarton Rock


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 158 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXI 1

Catalogue entry

This sketchbook page was used at two different locations. First, at the bottom right, are sketches made from the boat that conveyed Turner from Queensferry to Stirling along the River Forth. At the very bottom-right corner is a sketch of a tower inscribed ‘Clack’, suggesting that this is ‘Clackmannan Tower’ just outside the town of Clackmannan, as seen on folios 20 verso–22 (D26658–D26661). To the left of this is a sketch of three buildings: a gothic spire, a steeple and another tower. Although the latter looks similar to Clackmannan Tower, it is likely to be Alloa Tower, as the other two structures are recognisable as the gothic spire of St Mungo’s Church and the steeple of Alloa’s Old Kirk. There are further sketches of Alloa on folios 21–22 verso (D26659–D26662).
The other sketches are, according to David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, of Dumbarton Rock and Castle. At the top right, drawn with the book turned to the right, is a view of the rock, and at the top left (same orientation) is a sketch of the fortifications, perhaps made from the top of the rock.1

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 2.

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