Joseph Mallord William Turner

Doune Church and Castle; and Callander


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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 34 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains sketches made at the towns of Doune and Callander. At the top right of the page is a small sketch of Doune Castle from the north. There is a similar view of the castle at the bottom of folio 62 verso (D26377). The number ‘3’, inscribed beneath the castle, may indicate that the view continues on the larger sketch beneath, which is also inscribed ‘3’ at the right-hand-side. This is a view of Doune with Kilmadock Parish Church as seen from the south. The tower of the church is repeated in more detailed to the left of church in the sketch. Beneath this is another view of the town, this time from further to the south across the River Teith. The church is seen in the distance at the top centre of the sketch with Teith Bridge beneath it in the foreground and the castle to the right. A building with coaches drawn up outside may be a tollhouse or inn. Turner is likely to have travelled to the town on one of these coaches.
The two sketches at the bottom of the page were made at Callander. The first looks west from the town along the River Teith towards Ben Ledi. Beneath is a view north across the Teith from the southern bank with Callander Bridge and the old Parish Church. The hump to the left is Tom na Kessaig (written ‘Tom ma Chisaig’ on the Ordnance Survey map) a motte near the riverbank to the west of the bridge. There are similar sketches in the Loch Ard sketchbook: Tate D26699 (Turner Bequest CCLXXII 18). See Tate D26741 (Turner Bequest CCLXXII 39a), for references to further sketches of Callander.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

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