Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gylen Castle, Kerrera from the South

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
D26876
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 69

Catalogue entry

Gylen Castle is seen here from the promontory at the south-east of Kerrera. Looking due north beyond the rocks in the foreground, the castle stands, as the Steamboat Companion described it, ‘on the extreme verge of an almost perpendicular precipice’ at the south of the island.1 The Isle of Mull can be seen in the distance at the left. At the top left of the page is a sketch that may show the view between the two rocks that are seen at the right of the main sketch.
For more information on Turner’s sketches of Gylen Castle, see folio 73 verso (D26885).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
The Steamboat Companion and Stranger’s Guide to the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland, Edinburgh 1831, quoted in Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1991, p.27.

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