Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glencoe with the Pap of Glencoe and the Notched Ridge

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D26811
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 37

Catalogue entry

Made from the entrance to Glencoe near Upper Carnoch, this sketch is inscribed ‘Cower river’, presumably a reference to the Coe River which can be seen in the foreground. David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan identified the roof of the building at the right of the sketch (and on folio 25; D26789) as belonging to an inn that stood on the south side of the track from Glencoe village to the glen.1 The Pap of Glencoe is shown at the left with the peak of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the beginning of the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach) at the right.
See folio 2 (D26750) for information about Turner’s visit to Glencoe and references to the other sketches he made on the occasion.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inveraray – 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 5 – 6, 14].

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