Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rosemarkie Peninsular With Fort George in the Distance

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27088
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 29 a

Catalogue entry

Janet Carolan has suggested that this sketch depicts Rosemarkie Peninsula with the Moray Firth in the distance.1 The buildings at the end of the peninsula (actually called Chanonry Point) still look similar today, and Fort George can be seen from this point as it appears at the far right of the sketch. Turner made a number of sketches of Fort George from Rosemarkie and Fort Rose (see folio 12 verso; D27066 for references).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Sketchbook CCLXXVII Inverness’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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