Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fort George from Rosemarkie 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
D27092
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 32

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill’s first suggestion that this sketch depicts a view up the Cromarty Firth towards Cromarty, with North Sutor in the distance and Cromarty lighthouse at the left,1 can be ruled out by the fact that the lighthouse was not built until 1846. However, his second suggestion of Fort George is more likely.2 Therefore this may be a view from Rosemarkie, with the bay to the north of Chanonry Point in the foreground and Fort George in the distance at the left. There is a similar view on the reverse of this page (folio 32 verso; D27093), though from above the village of Rosemarkie. At the top right of the page is a sketch of houses, probably at Rosemarkie.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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

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