Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunstaffnage Castle from the South-East

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: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26914
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 88

Catalogue entry

Dunstaffnage Castle is seen here from the beach to the south-east. Pulled up on the beach are a small boat and the wrecked prow and keel of another vessel to its right. Turner took an interest in the object, making a diagrammatic sketch of it on folio 89 (D26916) labelled with the numbers ‘6’, ‘2’ and ‘2’, which are probably measurements in feet: a six-foot keel with a two-foot prow and two feet of the bow still intact. There is also a sketch of the castle from the south-east on folio 89.
See folio 89 for a full list of Turner’s sketches of Dunstaffnage Castle.

Thomas Ardill
January 2010

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