Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bothwell Castle, the Donjon from the West

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26311
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 27

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the left is a slight, but accurate outline sketch of the donjon (or keep) of Bothwell Castle. The half-collapsed drum-shaped structure stands at the west end of the castle. Having been unable to fit this part of the building into his sketches on folios 26 and 26 verso (D26309, D26310) Turner drew it here instead. The donjon appears again in a similar small study at the bottom left of folio 28 (D26303) and can be seen in many of Turner’s other sketches of the castle; see folio 26 for a full list.

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

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