Joseph Mallord William Turner

Clamshell Cave, Staffa, Looking Towards Ulva

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26806
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 34 a

Catalogue entry

Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan,1 this sketch of the entrance to the Clamshell Cave on the Isle of Staffa is recognisable by the large curved ridge of rock in the foreground at the left. The view is from the southern side of the cave entrance and looks north-east towards the island of Ulva. Sketches looking in the opposite direction (but again with the curved ridge at the entrance to the Clamshell Cave) are on folios 30 and 35. There may also be a view of the cave on folio 39 (D26799, D26807, D26815).
For references to all of Turners views of Staffa, see folio 40 (D26817).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on Mull and Staffa, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 8, 18].

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