Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fort George from Fort Rose, Moray Firth

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27066
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 12 a

Catalogue entry

Fort George, a mid-eighteenth-century fortress on a promontory in the Moray Firth, eleven miles north-east of Inverness, is recognisable in this sketch by the vertical lines dividing the narrow horizontal shape. The fort is built on a star plan, and the vertical lines are the corners of its surrounding wall. It is seen here from Fort Rose on the Black Isle, across the Moray Firth. There is a clearer sketch of the same view on folio 29 (D27087) and further sketches from around this point on folios 13, 29 verso, 31 verso, 32, 32 verso and 62; (D27067, D27088, D27091, D27092, D27093, D27126). There are also sketches of Fort George on folios 6 and 10 (D27054, D27062).
Turner crossed over to North Kessock on the Black Isle from Inverness. He then seems to have completed a circular route to Novar House at Evanton via Dingwall on the way out, and Fort Rose on the way back (or perhaps vice versa), before crossing back to Inverness to begin his journey to Elgin.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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