Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Town Among Hills 1831

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A Town Among Hills
From Staffa Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 116 x 186 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Back Cover:
A Town Among Hills 1831
Turner Bequest
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil ?‘Calv’ upper right, ‘2/3’ bottom right descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII’ left running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
None of the three sketches on the inside back cover of this sketchbook have yet been identified with any certainty. The main sketch, which Finberg called ‘A Town among Hills’,1 is most likely to be either Oban, Argyll (see folio 58 verso; D26855) or Tobermory on the Isle of Mull (see folio 1 verso; D26749), as these are the only communities of any size covered elsewhere in the sketchbook. A possible inscription above the sketch to the right may read ‘Calv,’ in which case it would refer to Calve Island in Tobermory Bay.
Beneath the sketch of a town, perhaps drawn with the book inverted, is a line that may show the profile of a hill, and at the right of the page, drawn with the book turned to the left or right, are a series of scribbles that probably represent clouds.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

Finberg 1909, II, p.875.

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