J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay; and ?Maol Cheann-dearg from Broadford Bay, Skye 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 84 Verso:
Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay; and ?Maol Cheann-dearg from Broadford Bay, Skye 1831
D26602
Turner Bequest CCLXX 84a
Pencil on white wove paper, 201 x 125 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘P Jura WS’ top, and ‘[...]’ centre left, [indecipherable] left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s inscriptions – P Jura’ – help us to identify the sketch across the top of this page and folio 85 (D26603) as the Paps of Jura, the three distinctive mountain peaks on the island of Jura. The most likely view is from Port Askaig across the Sound of Islay to the west, as depicted on the reverse of this page: folio 84 (D26601). The inscription at the left of the sketch on folio 85 appears to say ‘Islay’ in which case it is either the very northern tip of Islay, or Turner has made a mistake and the view is not from Islay but from the sea to the east of Jura. Port Askaig, nevertheless, remains the most likely vantage point of this sketch. See folio 37 verso (D26509) for references to further sketches of Port Askaig.
Beneath is a faint sketch of a mountain peak with an indecipherable inscription beneath. This resembles closely the shape of the mountain of Maol Cheann-dearg in Wester Ross as seen from the south, and may therefore be a view from Broadford Bay on Skye. There is a sketch of the wider view from Broadford Bay on folio 86 (D26605). Otherwise it may be simply another view of one of the Paps of Jura from Port Askaig.

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Paps of Jura from Port Askaig, Islay; and ?Maol Cheann-dearg from Broadford Bay, Skye 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-paps-of-jura-from-port-askaig-islay-and-maol-cheann-dearg-r1135036, accessed 18 December 2014.