J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bothwell Castle and Other Sketches 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 91 Recto:
Bothwell Castle and Other Sketches 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 91
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Trees’ centre
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘91’ bottom left inverted and ‘340’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIX 91’ top left inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The main sketch on this page is of Bothwell Castle, showing the south-east tower as seen from the east. At the centre of the sketch is a row of vertical lines representing ‘trees’ according to Turner’s inscription. He drew similar transparent trees in a sketch of the castle on folio 30 verso (D26318). Turner visited the castle during a short tour of Lanarkshire on 19 September 1834 and made numerous sketches in this sketchbook; see folio 26 (D26309) for more information and references.
At the left-hand-side of the page, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right is a quick sketch of rocks and perhaps a tower on the coast. The sketch is inscribed by Turner with a scrawl that looks like ‘Lr sand’.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Bothwell Castle and Other Sketches 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-bothwell-castle-and-other-sketches-r1136364, accessed 21 May 2022.