Joseph Mallord William Turner

Staffa from the South-East

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
D26782
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 21

Catalogue entry

These two studies of the Isle of Staffa from the south-east were made shortly before Turner landed at the south of the island near the entrance to Fingal’s Cave (see folio 20 verso; D26781). The entrance to the cave is visible as a shaded area at the left of the bottom sketch. The top sketch was made from a slightly more easterly position, so that the entrance to the cave is not visible. This sketch, however, does take in the wave-shaped curve of the rocks surrounding the Clamshell cave at the right.
For references to all of Turner’s sketches of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave see folio 40 (D26817).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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