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
D26880
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 71

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of eleven that Turner made from the promontory at the south-east of Gylen Castle on the island of Kerrera: folios 68–73 (D26874–D26884). It was rather hastily executed, though Turner has used his scratchy pencil-work to suggest the craggy character of the landscape. Having already made careful architectural studies of the castle (folio 73 verso; D26885), it was not necessary for Turner to draw the ruin in detail, just to mark its position relative to its topography.

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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