Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bothwell Castle and Other Sketches

1834

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26434
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 91

Catalogue entry

The main sketch on this page is of Bothwell Castle, showing the south-east tower as seen from the east. At the centre of the sketch is a row of vertical lines representing ‘trees’ according to Turner’s inscription. He drew similar transparent trees in a sketch of the castle on folio 30 verso (D26318). Turner visited the castle during a short tour of Lanarkshire on 19 September 1834 and made numerous sketches in this sketchbook; see folio 26 (D26309) for more information and references.
At the left-hand-side of the page, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right is a quick sketch of rocks and perhaps a tower on the coast. The sketch is inscribed by Turner with a scrawl that looks like ‘Lr sand’.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

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