Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oban Pier and Dunollie Castle from Pulpit Hill

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D26933
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 97 a

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have identified this sketch as a view of Oban Bay with Oban Pier at the left and Dunollie Castle on a headland beyond.1 At the left is Maiden Island, with the flat top of Sgurr Bhuic on the eastern shore of Morvern in the distance to the north. The view is from the south of Oban, perhaps from Pulpit Hill as in folio 78 verso (D26897), and is one of several sketches of Oban that Turner made from the south (see folio 78 verso for details).
For further sketches of Oban see folio 58 verso (D26855), and for Turner’s sketches of Dunollie Castle see folio 95 (D26928).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1991, p.29.

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