Joseph Mallord William Turner

Doune Castle on the River Teith, from the North West

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03199
Turner Bequest LVI 146 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 149 recto opposite (D03200; Turner Bequest LVI 147). Doune is one of the most impressive of early Scottish castles, having been built in the late fourteenth century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland. It subsequently passed to the Earls of Moray. Stirling, eight miles away on its high hill, is just visible on the horizon at the right. The view was probably taken from the bridge over the River Teith.
Another view of the castle, which includes the bridge, is on folios 149 verso–150 recto (D03201–D03202; Turner Bequest LVI 147a–148). The two sketches were used as the basis of a large colour study, Tate D08281 (Turner Bequest CXXI Y).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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