Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Peak of Ben y Vrackie

1801

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, chalk and tobacco wash on paper
Dimensions
Support: 346 x 484 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03416
Turner Bequest LVIII 37

Display caption

Turner first toured Scotland in 1801. Visiting the mountains of Scotland
was a logical progression after he
had experienced the dramatic scenery
of Wales. He made numerous pencil drawings whilst in Scotland. These energetic sketches, known as the 'Scottish pencils', were drawn on tinted paper and often touched with white highlights afterwards.

 

This bold sketch shows the summit of
Ben y Vrackie. It was rare for Turner to draw a close-up sketch, as opposed to
a broader view of the Scottish mountains.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

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