Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Eastern End of Glencoe

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: 116 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26803
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 32 a

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the sketches on this page may have been made at the head of Glencoe, where Glencoe meets Glen Etive at the western end of Rannoch Moor near the Kings House Hotel.1 If this is the case then the page demonstrates that Turner travelled along the entire length of Glencoe from west to east (see folio 2; D26750 for references). However, as the authors point out, the identification is by no means certain.2 This uncertainty is multiplied by the fact that what Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan seem to have taken to be one sketch is more likely to be in fact two or three overlapping sketches. Across the top half of the page is a sketch of three hills perhaps depicting, as Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan suggest, Buachaille to the south, though other mountains around Glencoe are also possible. Across the bottom half of the page is one or several sketches of a landscape with a river winding through it, perhaps the River Coe in Glencoe.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inverness, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 6, 14].
2
Ibid.

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