Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 × 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26940
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 3

Catalogue entry

Oban is here seen from a boat entering or leaving Oban bay with the quay at the right and a church on the hill above.1 The town is recognisable by the bridged outflow just to the left of centre that appears in sketches in the Staffa sketchbook (Tate D26855; Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 58a). There is a very similar sketch to the current one in the Staffa book (Tate D26931; Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 96a). It has been suggested that the present sketch may have been made from the deck of a boat headed for Staffa via the Sound of Mull, while the view in the Staffa book was made on the return journey.2

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 29].
2
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner in Argyll in 1831: Inveraray to Oban’, Turner Studies, vol. 11, no.1, Summer 1991, p.28.

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