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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lochhouse Tower, outside Moffat, from the East 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 173 Verso:
Lochhouse Tower, outside Moffat, from the East 1801
D03249
Turner Bequest LVI 171a
Pencil on white wove paper, 184 x 114 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is continued on folio 174 recto opposite (D03250; Turner Bequest LVI 172). Auchincass or Auchen Castle, two miles south west of Moffat, is supposed to have been built by Thomas Randolph, 1st Earl of Moray (died 1332) who was Regent of Scotland 1329–1331. In his inscription on the other page, Turner may have confused him with the better-known ‘Regent Murray’, James Stewart (?1531–1570). However, Turner’s drawing does not show the ruins of Auchincass, but apparently those of Lochhouse, a small sixteenth-century tower house on the road leading south out of Moffat. Lochhouse is now fully restored.
Another view of the tower is on folios 174 verso–175 recto (D03251–D03252; Turner Bequest LVI 172a–173).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Lochhouse Tower, outside Moffat, from the East 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-lochhouse-tower-outside-moffat-from-the-east-r1179445, accessed 12 December 2019.