Joseph Mallord William Turner

Building on the Coast, Perhaps at Arisaig


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Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Support: 91 x 153 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXV 2

Catalogue entry

This sketch of a building on a rocky coast with a rowing boat tied up in the foreground has been associated by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan with the sketches on folios 2 verso and 3 (D26958, D26959) of a ruin which they liken to Aros Castle on Mull, and Dunollie Castle near Oban.1 Another possibility, however, is that the sketch is related to the drawing on folio 1 verso (D26956) which the authors suggest may be the steamboat passengers’ waiting room at Arisaig. Both sketches depict buildings in a bay with hills behind, and although the building on the present page appears to be smaller than the one on folio 1 verso, it may just be partially hidden by a shoulder of rock in the foreground.

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 8].

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