Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stirling Castle and Highland Mountains from the Ladies’ Rock


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 125 × 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXX 9 a

Catalogue entry

Stirling Castle is depicted in outline in the bottom of these three sketches which were all made from the Ladies’ Rock to the south. The Ladies’ Rock is apparently so named because it is where women of the court would stand to watch tournaments in the King’s Park. Turner was perhaps paying tribute to this legend by including two women who sit in the foreground and enjoy the view of the mountains to the west. This view of the Highlands to the north-west is depicted in the other two sketches on the page. There are further detailed sketches of the castle from around this point on folios 8 verso and 9 (D26451, D26452), and similar views on folios 16 and 16 verso (D26466, D26467).
For references to further sketches made in Stirling, see folio 13 (D26460).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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