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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of Castle Campbell, Dollar 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
Sketches of Castle Campbell, Dollar 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 28
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 184 x 117 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘water of [...]’ centre right, and ‘Campbell’ bottom left
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘28’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXII 28’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are three sketches of Castle Campbell on this page.1 At the top is a view of the Hall with its stone vaulted barrel ceiling. This view is identical to J. H. LeKeux’s engraving after R. W. Billings’s painting. which was published in The Baronial And Ecclesiastical Antiquities Of Scotland, 1848. The engraving helps to clarify the details of the sketch, with the fireplace at the left, a doorway on the wall to its right, and another doorway on the far wall at the right. Turner made a sketch of a similar looking room on folio 13 verso (D26728; CCLXXII 33), though that may in fact depict the smaller tower room.
The two sketches of the exterior of the castle below were both made from the west. The first is a rather rough drawing of the castle within its setting of hills, and beneath is a sketch of the stone archway at the knoll below the castle, called John Knox’s Pulpit. This sketch is inscribed ‘Campbell.’
For references to further sketches of the castle see folio 6 verso (D26688; CCLXXII 12).

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, p.19.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Sketches of Castle Campbell, Dollar 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 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-sketches-of-castle-campbell-dollar-r1136394, accessed 23 January 2022.