Joseph Mallord William Turner

Doune Castle and the ‘River Teith’ from the South-West; and a Distant Town

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
D26382
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 65

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan were the first to suggest that the ruin drawn across the top half of this page could be Doune Castle, though they had doubts about their identification, suggesting that the sketch ‘in only some respects resembles Doune.’1 In fact, the castle is a very close match for Doune, especially as it was in Turner’s day. Sketches on folios 53 and 63 (D26359, D26378) resemble the present view, and the identification is confirmed by Turner’s inscription, ‘River Teith’. This is therefore a view of Doune Castle from across the River Teith to the south-west. For references to further sketches of the castle, see folio 52 verso (D526358).
At the bottom of the page, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is a view of a distant town, continuing at the right on folio 64 verso (D26381).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.30.

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