Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Dunollie or Tioram Castle

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 × 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26950
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 8

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the ruin standing on a rock in this sketch is either Dunollie Castle near Oban, or Tioram Castle in Loch Moidart.1 The ruin certainly bears a resemblance to Dunollie Castle (see for example Tate D26927; CCLXXIII 94a), which Turner passed as the boat he was traveling on left Oban Bay for the Sound of Mull. The ruin looks less like Tioram Castle, the islands or rocks to the right do not correspond to its locations, and it is doubtful that Turner would have seen Tioram Castle.
1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 29].
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Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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