Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oban From the North

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D26898
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 80

Catalogue entry

As David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have identified, this sketch shows Oban from the cliffs to the north.1 The town is huddled in a bay between hills, with Pulpit Hill just behind it to the south, and the Gallanach cliffs beyond that. Turner also drew the town and bay from Dunollie Castle, a little to the north of where this sketch was made (folio 93 verso; D26925), but the sketch that this most closely relates to is opposite on folio 79 verso (D26897). That shows Oban from Pulpit Hill to the south of the town, and can therefore be regarded as the sister to the current view.
For references to further sketches of Oban, see folio 58 verso (D26855).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1991, p.27.

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