Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tay near Perth with Kinnoull Tower from the South-West

1834

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26746
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 42

Catalogue entry

From the water, or the southern bank of the River Tay to the south-east of Perth, this sketch looks along the river and across to the slopes above the northern bank, with Kinnoull Tower (an eighteenth-century folly) on Kinnoull Hill.1 There is a similar view on the reverse of this page which was made from a little further off, and includes a sailing boat in the foreground (folio 30; D26747; CCLXXII 42a). This may be the same boat that is seen in the distance at the right of the current sketch, and in the view of the Tay on folio 29 verso (D26720; CCLXXII 29).
There are further views of the tower on folios 27 verso and 28 verso (D26724, D26723; CCLXXII 31, 28a).

Thomas Ardill
October 2010

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, p.22.

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