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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunstaffnage Castle and Loch Linnhe from across Dunstaffnage Bay 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 97 Recto:
Dunstaffnage Castle and Loch Linnhe from across Dunstaffnage Bay 1831
D26934
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 98
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Lin’ centre left
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘98’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 98’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Dunstaffnage Castle is seen here from across Dunstaffnage Bay to the south. The castle stands at the end of a promontory at the mouth of Loch Etive. Behind the castle is Ardmucknish Bay with Loch ‘Lin[nhe]’ beyond the promontory to the left, and the hills of Morvern beyond that. There are similar views of the castle on folios 92 (D26922) and 97 verso (D26935; CCLXXIII 98a).
At the bottom of the page is a sketch of hills surrounding a loch, and at the left there is an island. The loch is presumably Loch Etive and the sketch may be a continuation from the right of the sketch above. This would make the island Eilean Mòr, with the hills either side of Loch Etive.
For a full list of Turner’s sketches of Dunstaffnage see folio 89 (D26916).
While the page has been inscribed ‘98’ in red ink (presumably by John Ruskin) and stamped with the Turner Bequest number ‘CCLXXIII 98’, it is now bound in the sketchbook as folio 97.

Thomas Ardill
January 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dunstaffnage Castle and Loch Linnhe from across Dunstaffnage Bay 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, 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-dunstaffnage-castle-and-loch-linnhe-from-across-dunstaffnage-r1135289, accessed 24 May 2022.