Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruined Castle

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: 158 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26636
Turner Bequest CCLXXI 9 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg’s suggestion of a ‘Ruined abbey on [a] rock’ is perhaps a bit ambitious for the sketch at the top of this page, which is probably a ruined castle. However, no identification has been made. Possibilities are Carrick Castle or Dunderave Castle, both of which Turner sketched during the route covered in this sketchbook, but neither of which closely resembles the sketch here. A sketch on folio 15 (D26647) may depict the same building.
The other two sketches, drawn beneath the castle with the sketchbook inverted, show a mountainous loch shore. The top sketch somewhat resembles the entrance to Glen Croe (see folio 14 verso; D26646).

Thomas Ardill
July 2010

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