Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kinnoull Tower and Kinfauns Castle, near Perth

1834

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26723
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 30 a

Catalogue entry

Continued from folio 29 (D26721; CCLXXII 29a), this is one half of a view along the River Tay with Kinfauns Castle (folio 29) and Kinnoull Tower (present page) seen from the south-east. The tower is seen at the right of the page, perched on the steep southern slope of Kinnoull Hill to the east of Perth. There are further views of the tower from the south-east on folios 27 verso and 30 (D26724, D26747; CCLXXII 31), and views from the south-west on folios 30 and 30 verso (D26746; CCLXXII 42).
It is interesting to note that Kinnoull Tower was apparently built in the eighteenth century as a folly, in imitation of the castles on the River Rhine.1 Turner drew many such towers on his tours of the Rhine in 1802 and 1817 and in the 1830s and 1840s.2

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

2
Dr Cecilia Powell, ‘Rhine’, Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.261–2.

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