Joseph Mallord William Turner

Doune Castle and Mill of Doune


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 190 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 62

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan identified these sketches as Doune Castle as seen from the north-east.1 The castle is shown in outline within the setting of Ardoch Burn at the top of the page, while there is a much more detailed sketch from closer-to at the bottom of the page. The other two sketches at the centre of the page depict two views of the Mill of Doune, which stood on the bank of Ardoch Burn to the north-east of the castle.2 The first sketch, to the bottom right of the distant view of Doune, may be from the north while the sketch beneath shows the grain mill from the south-west, identifiable by the presence of a water wheel. The mill is also depicted on folio 61 (D26374). For further information and a full list of Turner’s sketches of the castle, see folio 52 verso (D26358).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.29.
‘Mill of Doune’, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, accessed 1 November 2010, <>.

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