Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glen Glass, Near Evanton, Ross-shire

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 166 × 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34792
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 325

Catalogue entry

This is one of a small group of sketches on loose sheets of laid writing paper that have been identified as depicting Black Rock Gorge and Glen Glass near Evanton, Ross-shire (for references see Tate D34791; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV d 324).1 Turner visited the gorge while staying with Hugh Munro at Novar House nearby. This sketch may in fact depict Munro as the figure in the foreground looking over the water (see also D34791 for another sketch of this figure).
The present view may be eastward towards Black Rock Gorge from the glen. David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan suggest that the Fyrish Monument is depicted on Cnoc Fyrish in the distance at the top of the sketch.2 There is a sketch of the gorge on another sheet: Tate D34793 (Turner Bequest CCCLXIV d 326).
1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1994, p.15.
2
Ibid.
Verso:
Blank.

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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