Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blair Atholl: A River with Rocks, Trees and a Distant Hill

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03149
Turner Bequest LVI 120 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 123 recto opposite (D03150; Turner Bequest LVI 121). It is one of a series of studies on the banks of the river Garry or Tilt at Blair Atholl; see under folio 118 verso (D03141; Turner Bequest LVI 116a).
The subject here is perhaps a scene on the River Garry rather than the Tilt: the enclosed scenery of the river bed opens up to reveal a hill which Finberg suggested may be the Hill of Tulach (Tulloch).1
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.148.
Technical notes:
There is a thumb print in blue-grey paint at the top centre.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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