Joseph Mallord William Turner

Carding Mill and the Cliffs at Gallanach with the Sound of Kerrera Near Oban


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 79

Catalogue entry

This sketch from the north, inscribed ‘Rd’, shows the Gallanach Road that runs south along the shore from Oban. Beyond is the cliff face of Druim Mòr and the Sound of Kerrera with a steamboat. David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have identified the building with the mill wheel by the water as Carding Mill, making the bay in the foreground Carding Mill Bay.1 Turner made another sketch of these buildings at the top of folio 78 (D26894), and the mill may be depicted in a sketch on the Gallanach Cliffs in the Sound of Mull no.1 sketchbook (Tate D26936; Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 1). Turner made a number of views looking north towards Oban from this point on folios 78 and 78 verso (D26985).
Near this point is a jetty from where Turner would have taken the ferry (perhaps the boat in the bay) to Kerrera.2

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1991, p.29 as ‘Gallanach cliffs and sound of Kerrera from north, with Carding Mill.’
Ibid., p.27.

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