Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inverness from Across the River Ness

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27057
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 7 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows a view of Inverness from the western shore of the River Ness with the ‘7’ arches of the old Ness Bridge, the steeples of the Old High Church (far left) and the Tollbooth. In the foreground is a rough depiction of a figure in a small boat (or perhaps two small boats). Turner incorporated this detail in the foreground of his watercolour of Inverness circa 1833 (Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, The Highland Council),1 the composition of which was based on the sketch on folio 2 (D27047).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.433–4 no.1128.

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