Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rothesay, Isle of Bute

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: 201 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26508
Turner Bequest CCLXX 37

Catalogue entry

Turner helpfully inscribed the two sketches on this page ‘Rothsay C’. The town on the Isle of Bute is seen in the lower sketch with the pier and boats in the harbour at the left. Rothesay Castle is seen at the right, with the mountains of the Isle of Arran including Goatfell behind it in the distance. The mountains are drawn again above the sketch, and continue very slightly onto folio 36 verso (D26507). There is another view of the town and castle on folio 34 (D26502).
Turner landed at Rothesay during a steamboat journey from Glasgow to Islay (see folio 15; D26464).1 From here he continued to Kames Bay (folio 77; D26588).

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and Islay – 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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