Joseph Mallord William Turner

Douglas Castle, Lanarkshire

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
D26302
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 22 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right the page has been divided into three separate sketches. The top and middle sketches depict, not Bothwell Castle as Finberg suggested,1 but the ruins of the old Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire as seen from the west. Standing on a rise above the Douglas Water, shown at the left of each sketch, is all that remains of the late seventeenth-century castle: the round corner-tower of the encircling wall. Turner made further sketches of this structure on folios 21 verso and 22 (D26300, D26301) where he also drew the mid eighteenth-century castle that replaced it. For more information about Turner’s visit to Douglas Castle see folio 21 verso.
At the bottom of the page is a sketch of a castle on a hill with turreted defensive walls running down the side of the hill. David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that this may be Stirling Castle (see folio 51; D26355 for comparison).2

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.865.
2
DWH, [CCLXIX Checklist], [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, unpaginated MS.

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