Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gylen Castle, Kerrera and the Firth of Lorn from the North

1831

In Tate Britain

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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
D26888
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 75

Catalogue entry

This is one of four sketches of Gylen Castle from the north made by Turner, either as he approached or withdrew from the castle (folios 74–75 verso; D26886–D26889). The ruin stands on a rock (its elevation perhaps exaggerated in the current sketch) on a headland at the south of the island of Kerrera. Headlands to the east and west flank the castle at either side of this sketch, with the Firth of Lorn beyond it, the coast of Argyll at the left and the Isle of Mull at the right. There are twenty-five pages of sketches of the castle from folios 63 verso–75 verso (D26865–D26889).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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