Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant Hills, Perhaps the Cuillins from Near Arisaig

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41022

Catalogue entry

Although Finberg stamped this page with its Turner Bequest number he omitted it from the inventory,1 and subsequent scholars have regarded the page as blank.2 The page, however, does contain a small and slight sketch of rocks or distant hills. Although the sketch is too rough to make identification very certain, it is likely to show a view of distant hills, probably the Cuillins on Skye, from around Arisaig, as this is the subject of sketches on folios 5 and 6 (D26963, D26964).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.880.
2
Identified by David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 31], CCLXXV 5a, as ‘Blank’.

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