Joseph Mallord William Turner

View along the River Clyde with Dumbarton Rock in the Distance, Seen from the East

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 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02961
Turner Bequest LVI 25 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 26 recto opposite (D02962). Dumbarton, an isolated rock surmounted by a medieval fortress that had been rebuilt and extended in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, dominates the surrounding flat landscape of the Clyde estuary; the town of Dumbarton itself is at a little distance across the water to the north, on low-lying terrain.
Turner was preoccupied by the dramatic bulk of the mound-shaped Rock and drew it from many angles as he travelled from Bowling in the east, through the town of Dumbarton and out on to the road north east to Lomond. Other views are on folios 26 verso–27 recto, 27 verso–28 recto, 28 verso, 29 recto, 29 verso–30 recto, 30 verso, 31 recto and verso, 32 recto and verso, 33 recto and verso, 34 recto, and 35 verso (D02963–D02978, D02980).
There is another, of Dumbarton at the very end of the book, on folios 184 verso–185 recto (D03271–D03272; Turner Bequest LVI 182a–183).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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