Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Lochmaben Castle, Near Lockerbie


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 58

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the left are four views of Lochmaben Castle. This is the second page of sketches of the castle, and it records Turner’s progress as he began to move from the south of Castle Loch around to the east. What looks like a mound ringed with trees in the top two sketches becomes more obviously a promontory in the third sketch down, where a bay of water can be seen in the foreground. In these sketches, especially in the fourth sketch, the castle is roughly outlined because it is only partially visible through the trees. There are more detailed close-up studies on folios 59 verso and 60 (D25878, D25879).
At the very bottom of the page a landscape view is just crammed into the available space. A towered structure at its centre may be Lochmaben Town Hall as seen on folio 57 verso (D25874).
See folio 57 verso for further information about Lochmaben.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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