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The four sketches of coastlines on this page are presumably connected as Turner has numbered them 1–5. The logic of Turner’s order – with ‘1’ at the upper-centre of the page, ‘2’ above it, ‘3’ beneath, and ‘4’ and ‘5’ inverted at the bottom of the page – is not evident. The identification of the sketches is also unknown, although David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have made a number of suggestions,1 and there are further possibilities.
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan suggest that sketch ‘2’, at the top of the page, may be Fort George as seen from the Black Isle (as in folio 12 verso; D27066). With this in mind, the sketch beneath may show the bay at Rosemarkie (see folio 62; D27126). However, the hill above the bay and the amount of shipping suggests that this may be North Kessock with Ord Hill (see folio 6; D27054), or, as Carolan suggests, either ‘Dingwall’, ‘Cromarty’ or ‘Evanton’. Sketch ‘3’ may be inscribed ‘Ardullie Lo’, referring to Ardullie Lodge, a property near Evanton owned by Turner’s friend and patron, H.A.J. Munro of Novar, who he visited while in Scotland. Wallace-Hadrill suggests that sketch ‘4’, at the bottom of the page, may be inscribed ‘Kessock Fe[rry]’, though this is likely to be a view from North Kessock (perhaps up Beauly Firth), rather than of the ferry landing (see folio 9 verso; D27061). At the fore-edge of the page is a sketch inscribed ‘5’ and ‘coll’ (or ‘cold’), which depicts either a shoreline or a band of cloud.
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘CCLXXVII Inverness Checklist’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].
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