Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inveraray from An Otir

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, crayon, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 340 x 490 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03389
Turner Bequest LVIII 10

Catalogue entry

A large colour study of this subject is Tate D03641 (Turner Bequest LX J), and a finished watercolour is in Manchester Art Gallery.1
Inveraray town was completely rebuilt on a new site by the Duke of Argyll in the late eighteenth century. Robert Milne’s Parish Church, begun in 1792, can be seen nearing completion in the centre of Turner’s drawing. Further to the right, behind the massive gaol building, are the towers of Inveraray Castle. There is a coloured study of the town from a different viewpoint in the 1801 Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate D41247; Turner Bequest LVI 39b).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.340 no.352, reproduced; see Finberg 1909, I, p.154.
Technical notes:
There are splashes of blue–green ink.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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