Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stirling: View of the Castle from the South, Looking North from the Top of the Rock

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03207
Turner Bequest LVI 150 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 153 recto opposite (D03208; Turner Bequest LVI 151). Turner’s viewpoint is the Back Walk, above the King’s Knot. It is a relatively detailed sketch, giving some indication of the elaborate Mannerist sculptural panels on the external walls of the Palace; the main gate is at the extreme right. Henry Crawford says that Snowdon House appears below the Castle,1 but that structure did not exist in 1801.
For other views of Stirling and general comments, see under folio 150 verso (D03203; Turner Bequest LVI 148a).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Crawford 1936, p.18.

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