Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blair Atholl, Looking towards Killiecrankie

c.1801–2

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 533 x 780 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04179
Turner Bequest LXX b

Display caption

This watercolour was previously thought to show Mount Snowdon. It has many technical similarities with a group of
large sketches Turner painted out of
doors on his tour of Wales in 1799. However, it is now thought to be based
on a pencil sketch in a sketchbook
used on his 1801 tour of Scotland.

 

Turner shows his fluent use of pure watercolour in the rays of sunlight breaking through the clouds. He could produce this effect by removing wet paint from the paper with long brush strokes.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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