Joseph Mallord William TurnerSketches of the Sound of Kerrera 1831

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Artist
Title
Sketches of the Sound of Kerrera
From Sound of Mull (?) No. 1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 153 x 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26936
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 1
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Sketches of the Sound of Kerrera 1831
D26936
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 1
Pencil on white wove paper, 153 x 91 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘ob | m’ top right
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIV – 1’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These sketches, continuing at the left on the inside front cover of the sketchbook (D41019), have been identified as having been made by Turner as his boat left Oban Pier.1 The top three depict the Gallanach Cliffs to the south of the town, and the fourth sketch down is a view south down the Sound of Kerrera, with the Gallanach Cliffs on the left and the island of Kerrera on the right. The sketch at the bottom of the page may depict the Gallanach Cliffs with Carding Mill. Turner made a sketch of the mill from the Gallanach Road in the Staffa sketchbook (Tate D26896; Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 79).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 3].

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