Joseph Mallord William Turner

North Queensferry from the Firth of Forth

1801

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02929
Turner Bequest LVI 3

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. The Queen’s Ferry was named for Margaret, wife of Ling Malcolm III of Scotland in the eleventh century, who is said to have instituted the crossing of the Firth of Forth at this, its narrowest point. The village remained a small and isolated one, frequented mainly by travellers using the ferry, until the building of the Forth rail bridge in the 1890s. Turner crossed from South Queensferry and made a number of drawings here before going on to Linlithgow; see folios 4 recto, 5 recto, 6 recto, 7 recto, 8 recto, 9 recto, 12 recto (D02930–D02935, D02940).
Verso:
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Queensferry’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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