Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tobermory from the Hill to the West

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
D26829
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 46

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan describe this sketch as a view from the present-day school on the hillside to the south of Tobermory Bay.1 This is therefore a view from halfway along Argyll Street, near the junction with Middle Brae. The sketch compresses a wide panorama as we look north along the street at the left of the picture (where there are a number of figures), and south-east at the right towards the hill at the south of the harbour, the height of which Turner has exaggerated.
For more information about Turner’s time in Tobermory and references to further sketches see folio 1 verso (D26749).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on Mull and Staffa’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 11].

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