Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant Mountains from Arisaig

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 × 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26965
Turner Bequest CCLXXV 6 a

Catalogue entry

These loose sketches, David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan suggest, are of the Cuillin range of mountains on Skye,1 presumably seen from Arisaig or Loch nan Ceall. The sketches are too rough to make it possible to match them to the profiles of particular mountains, but the general shape and character of the sketches at the top of the page is similar to other sketches of the Cuillins in this book (e.g. folios 5 and 6; D26963, D26964). The more rounded profiles of the mountains at the centre of the page may be those of South Mora to the east of Arisaig.
Turner landed at Arisaig on his way to Skye (see the introduction to this sketchbook for details).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
Identified by David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 31].

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