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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunstaffnage Castle from the South-East 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 88 Recto:
Dunstaffnage Castle from the South-East 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 88
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘88’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 88’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Dunstaffnage Castle is seen here from the beach to the south-east. Pulled up on the beach are a small boat and the wrecked prow and keel of another vessel to its right. Turner took an interest in the object, making a diagrammatic sketch of it on folio 89 (D26916) labelled with the numbers ‘6’, ‘2’ and ‘2’, which are probably measurements in feet: a six-foot keel with a two-foot prow and two feet of the bow still intact. There is also a sketch of the castle from the south-east on folio 89.
See folio 89 for a full list of Turner’s sketches of Dunstaffnage Castle.

Thomas Ardill
January 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dunstaffnage Castle from the South-East 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-from-the-south-east-r1135271, accessed 21 April 2021.