Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of the Firth of Forth from the River, With Alloa Old Kirk


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 x 158 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXI 22 a

Catalogue entry

On this page Turner continued recording the shorelines of the Firth of Forth as he travelled west upon it from Queensferry to Stirling (see inside back cover for details; D41132). David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the top sketch shows rain falling on the hills to the north, and indeed there is a heavy cloud over the right half of the sketch. Other weather observations can be made about sketches of the Forth on folios 21, 24 and the inside back cover (D26659, D26665, D41132).1 Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan have recognised the building on the second sketch as Alloa Old Kirk, the tower of which still stands. There is a third slight sketch of a shoreline at the very bottom of the page.

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

Dr David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Sketches North of Stirling’, Turner Studies: His Art and Epoch 1775–1851, Summer 1990 vol.10 no.1, p.15.

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