Joseph Mallord William Turner

Urquhart Castle from the South

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 × 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26988
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 14

Catalogue entry

These four sketches of Urquhart Castle, seen from the south, were made as Turner approached the ruin while steaming north up Loch Ness. With the sketchbook turned to the left are two views up the loch with the castle standing on an outcrop beneath Creag na h-Lolaire. Both sketches show the same view, though the second – inscribed ‘Urquhart’ at the left – brings us closer to the castle.
With the sketchbook inverted are two studies of the castle ruins. The first, on the left, is from the south, while the sketch to the right is from a more easterly vantage point. Both sketches centre on the gabled tower house with the gatehouse to the left.
For further sketches of the castle see folio 19 (D26998).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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