After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, engraved by Edward Goodall 1834

Artwork details

Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, engraved by Edward Goodall
Date 1834
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 123 x 80 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987
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In 1831, Turner's sketching trips for this project took him as far as the Highlands and the Western Isles of Scotland. He boarded a steam boat, the 'Maid of Morven', which departed from Tobermory on the coast and ran between the Isles of Staffa and Iona. Turner evidently ventured into the interior of Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa and made a number of pencil drawings in a sketchbook. This engraving shows the impressive basalt rock formations in the chamber of the cave. This image was chosen for the title page to volume ten of Scott's Poetical Works.

September 2004

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