Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falls of Clyde: Steps Below Corra Castle

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26282
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 12 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch has been identified as showing the steps down to the natural amphitheatre below Corra Linn waterfall from Corra Castle on the northern bank of the River Clyde.1 Lady Mary Rose had the broad steps cut into the rock around 1817.2 The figure climbing up the steps may be John Gilbert Lockhart who reported in his diary that he took Turner to Craignethan Castle on 19 September 1834, and so may also have accompanied him to the Falls of the Clyde the previous day; see Tour of Scotland for Scott’s Prose Works 1834 Tour Introduction. For further sketches of the Falls of Clyde see folio 1 verso (D26260).

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

1
Identified by Cherry Bowen, Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, in correspondence with the author 1 November 2010.
2
‘Corra Linn, Bonnington Pavilion, Lanark’, British Listed Buildings, updated 2010, accessed 29 September 2010, < http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/sc-13065-corra-linn-bonnington-pavilion-lanark>.

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