Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glenelg, Kyles of Rhea

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 201 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26546
Turner Bequest CCLXX 56

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have associated the sketch inscribed ‘Glenig’ near the top of the page, along with a sketch on folio 54 (D26542) with Glenelg, a settlement on the eastern shore of the Kyles of Rhea to the east of Skye.1 Turner may have steamed down the Kyles of Rhea on his return to Mull from Skye.

At the very top of the page is another sketch of a mountainous coastline that has the same character of another sketch of the Kyles of Rhea (folio 40 verso; D26515), so it may have been made at the same time. Lower down the page are the continuation of two sketches from folio 55 verso (D26545).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 27, 31].

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