Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glen Bruar: The Middle Fall

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 477 x 339 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03412
Turner Bequest LVIII 33

Catalogue entry

A finished drawing of this subject is Tate D03413 (Turner Bequest LVIII 34). Finberg suggested that the fall was ‘near Blair Athol’,1 presumably thinking of the falls of the Bruar, near Blair Atholl, which were imaginatively landscaped by the 4th Duke of Atholl, following Robert Burns’s lyrical poem, The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl, suggesting that the mountainside be planted with trees. The landscape historian Christopher Dingwall is responsible for confirming that surmise, and for giving the more precise identification of both drawings;2 but see the entry for D03413.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.156.
2
Author of The Falls of Bruar: A Garden in the Wild, Dundee 1987; personal communication.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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