Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dun Sgathaich Castle, Skye

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26576
Turner Bequest CCLXX 71

Catalogue entry

This sketch has been identified as Dun Sgathaich Castle (also called Dun Scaith and other variations) near Tokavaig at the west of the Sleat peninsula.1 Although most of the castle ruins in Turner’s sketch are no longer extant, the section at the far left still stands (it is the highest part of the remaining ruins at the south), making it possible to identify this as a view from the east. The mountains in the background, which must be the Cuillins, confirm this. For further information and references to other sketches of the castle; see folio 87 verso (D26608).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 14].

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