Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Campbell, from West Burnside, Dollar

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: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26341
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 44

Catalogue entry

Scholars have struggled with the identification of this sketch, which neither A.J. Finberg nor Henry Crawford could identify.1 David Wallace-Hadrill tentatively suggested in his notes that the ruin on a hill at the upper centre of this sketch could be Castle Campbell.2 The suggestion was a good one as it makes an extremely good match for a view north along West Burnside in Dollar with the two small bridges over Dollar Burn and Castle Campbell standing on a foothill of the Ochil Hills. The building at the right of the sketch is identifiable as the Old School, though the small tower to its right has not been identified. There is a similar view from close by in the Loch Ard sketchbook: Tate D26688 (Turner Bequest CCLXXII 12).
For references to further sketches of Castle Campbell in this book and the Loch Ard sketchbook, see folio 70 verso (D26393).

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.866; Crawford 1936, p.26.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, [CCLXIX Checklist], [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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