Joseph Mallord William Turner

Killicrankie

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03170
Turner Bequest LVI 132

Catalogue entry

This is a continuation of the drawing on folio 133 verso (D41241). Turner had visited Killicrankie a little earlier in his journey, on his way south from Blair Atholl; see folios 123 verso–125 recto (D03151–D03154; Turner Bequest LVI 121a–122, 122a–123); this drawing was presumably done then, on an inadvertently opened page. Alternatively, it may be wrongly inscribed and represent a village near Dunkeld, perhaps Birnam on the opposite bank of the Tay.
A ‘Scottish Pencil’ known to Finberg as ‘Killicrankie’ (Tate D03415; Turner Bequest LVIII 36) can be compared with this drawing, though there are important differences, especially in the mountain range beyond the village.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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