Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Arran; and Other Sketches

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26566
Turner Bequest CCLXX 66

Catalogue entry

Along the fore-edge of the page is a sketch inscribed ‘arran’. David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that this was made from the north near the mouth of Loch Fyne during Turner’s journey by steamboat to Islay (see folio 78; D26590).1 The view is easy to identify with the distinctive peak of Goatfell at the left and the hump of Meall nan Damh at the right.
The other sketches have not been confidently identified. The large sketch beneath the Arran sketch depicts the rough profile of a mountain, while at the top right of the page, drawn with the book turned to the left, are three small thumbnail sketches of a bridge (see folio 65; D26564) and mountains.

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 8.

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