Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Sound of Kerrera

1831

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26936
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 1

Catalogue entry

These sketches, continuing at the left on the inside front cover of the sketchbook (D41019), have been identified as having been made by Turner as his boat left Oban Pier.1 The top three depict the Gallanach Cliffs to the south of the town, and the fourth sketch down is a view south down the Sound of Kerrera, with the Gallanach Cliffs on the left and the island of Kerrera on the right. The sketch at the bottom of the page may depict the Gallanach Cliffs with Carding Mill. Turner made a sketch of the mill from the Gallanach Road in the Staffa sketchbook (Tate D26896; Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 79).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
David Wallace–Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 3].

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