Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Campbell from the South, and Continuation of Sketches of Glasgow

1834

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26393
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 70 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains sketches made on two separate occasions. The first occasion was in Glasgow where Turner drew two sketches of the view from the Necropolis on folio 71 (D26394) which continue onto this page near the page gutter. One sketch is a view over the city with the spires of several churches. Above it, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is a sketch of the burial ground.
Turner later utilised the space left of the page for two sketches of Castle Campbell as seen from the town of Dollar. Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan have suggested that these were made as Turner travelled through Dollar by coach.1 While there is the suggestion of a change of viewpoint from the first sketch at the top of the page to the second which was evidently made from a slightly more westerly position this does not guarantee that they were made from the window of a moving coach. There are further sketches of the castle on folios 44, 68 verso, 72 verso, 74 verso and 76 verso (D26341, D26389, D26397, D26401, D26405); and in the Loch Ard sketchbook (see Tate D26688; Turner Bequest CCLXXII 12).
For the context of Turner’s visit to Glasgow and Dollar see the Tour of Scotland for Scott’s Prose Works 1834 Tour Introduction.

Thomas Ardill
March 2011

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.30.

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