Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Moray Firth and Fort George from the Black Isle

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
D27091
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 31 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on folios 31 verso, 32 and 32 verso (D27091–D27093) are of the Moray Firth around Fort George. Although these could have been made from the bay at Ardersier to the south of Fort George, it is perhaps more likely that they are all from around Fort Rose, Chanonry Point and Rosemarkie across the Firth on the Black Isle. Fort George is depicted at the right of the bottom sketch on the present page. The sketch at the top probably depicts the shore to the south of the fort. The inscription at the top of this page may say ‘Mory’, referring to the Moray Firth.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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