Joseph Mallord William TurnerFingal's Cave, Staffa 1831

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Fingal's Cave, Staffa
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
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 28
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Recto:
Fingal’s Cave, Staffa 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 28
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘28’ bottom right descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 28’ bottom left descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued at the top of the sketch from folio 27 verso (D26794) is one of a number of studies that Turner made of Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa (see folio 29; D26797 for further information and references). The sketch looks towards the entrance of the cave which Turner left blank. At the left of the sketch there is a ledge of broken basalt columns in the foreground.
For a full list of Turner’s sketches of the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave, see folio 40 (D26817).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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