Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looking West Along Glencoe with the Three Sisters and the Notched Ridge

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26804
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 33

Catalogue entry

Looking west along Glencoe,1 this sketch was made from the road beneath Beinn Fhada, the most easterly of the Three Sisters (which are three distinctive ridges of the mountain Bidean nam Bian), to the south of Glencoe. The Three Sisters tower above to the left with the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach) to the right. This is one of a series of sketches looking west along Glencoe: folios 10–11, 17 verso, 18 and 33 (D26763–D26765, 26775, D26776, D26804). It is tempting to think that these were all made on Turner’s return journey from Glencoe to Ballachulish, while the views looking east (see folio 2; D26750 for references) were made on the outwards journey, though the artist could of course have looked east and west as he travelled along the glen.
1
Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inverness, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 7, 14].
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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