Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle Craig on the Cromarty Firth, Scotland

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34845
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 359

Catalogue entry

The tower sketched on this page has been identified as Castle Craig on the southern shore of the Cromarty Firth, opposite Novar House and the village of Evanton.1 Turner made the sketches while staying with Hugh Munro at Novar House (see Tate D34797; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 330). Across the centre of the page is a view of the tower as seen from a distance of about a mile across the Cromarty Firth, with the near shore in the foreground. The tower is seen from closer to in the top sketch, presumably from a boat on the water.
Turner made further sketches of Novar House on another loose sheet of paper: Tate D34858 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 370 verso).
1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1994, p.15 reproduced.
Verso:
Blank but for a few scribbles at the upper right.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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