Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castle on a Headland

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: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26752
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 3

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan suggest that this sketch of a building on a headland may be either Dunollie Castle near Oban or Arros Castle on Mull.1 Turner made dozens of sketches of ruins on headlands like this as he steamed around the islands of Mull, Skye and Staffa, many of which look remarkably alike (for example see Tate D26958; Turner Bequest CCLXXV 2a). It is therefore impossible to be certain which castle this sketch depicts.

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on Mull and Staffa, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, ‘Staffa Checklist’ [folio 18].

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