Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Etive and Dunstaffnage Castle from Loch Etive


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 86

Catalogue entry

The two sketches on this page have been identified as views west along Loch Etive with Dunstaffnage Castle.1 The castle is clearly indicated in the larger sketch at the centre of the page, where it is shaded as a dark silhouette at the very left of the drawing. Behind it is the mountain of Dun da Ghaoithe on the island of Mull, with the island of Lismore in the centre and the Morvern hills beyond it. At the right is the hill above Achnaba on the north side of Loch Etive, also seen on folio 84 verso (D26907).
The sketch at the top of the page also shows the view west along Loch Etive from the same point. There is a building at the right which may be the castle again, with the southern shoreline of Loch Etive in the foreground at the left. It is not clear what the asterisk shape to the left of the building represents. The two parallel diagonal lines to the right of the castle are suggestive of a sheet of rain, as in the similar view on folio 82 verso (D26903).
For references to further sketches of Loch Etive see folio 95 verso (D26929), and for references to sketches of Dunstaffnage Castle see folio 84 verso.

Thomas Ardill
January 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1991, pp.23, 29.

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