Joseph Mallord William Turner Fingal’s Cave, Staffa 1831

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Title
Fingal’s Cave, Staffa
From Staffa Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII
Date 1831
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 116 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26795
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 28
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Catalogue entry

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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