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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Courtyard of Dunstaffnage Castle, Looking North-East 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 87 Recto:
The Courtyard of Dunstaffnage Castle, Looking North-East 1831
D26912
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 87
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘87’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 87’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of two sketches that Turner made of the interior of the courtyard of Dunstaffnage Castle. The present view looks north-east towards the gatehouse at the right and the remains of the West Range at the left. Above the curtain wall are the mountains north of Loch Etive. The sketch on the back of this page (folio 87 verso; D26913) shows a similar view, though looking to the east.
Turner made a number of sketches of Dunstaffnage from the vicinity of the castle and from a slight distance; see folio 89 (D26916) for references to these sketches.

Thomas Ardill
January 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The Courtyard of Dunstaffnage Castle, Looking North-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-the-courtyard-of-dunstaffnage-castle-looking-north-east-r1135269, accessed 10 December 2019.