Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Fort George From Ardersier Bay

1831

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27062
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 10

Catalogue entry

Towards the page gutter is a sketch of a bay inscribed ‘Campbell’. David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that this may refer to Campbleton, a hamlet that was later absorbed into Ardersier on the shore of the Moray Firth near Fort George.1 Therefore this could be a sketch looking north along the bay towards the promontory on which Fort George sits. The fort may be represented as a dark shape at the end of the promontory, with an inscription above it that appears to read ‘25’. Therefore the shore of the Black Isle around Rosemarkie, across the firth, would be behind it. For references to further sketches of Fort George, see folio 6 (D27054).
With the sketchbook inverted, and drawn parallel with the fore-edge of the page, is a rough sketch of a view across water from a bay. Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that this may be Inverness as seen from the mouth of the River Ness to the north, while Janet Carolan suggests that it may be a view on the Dornoch Firth.2

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Sketchbook CCLXXVII Inverness’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].
2
Ibid.

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