Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tay, with Wooded Hills, at Dunkeld


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LVI 116

Catalogue entry

This is a continuation of the subject on folio 117 verso opposite (D03139; Turner Bequest LVI 115a). The principal sequence of drawings at Dunkeld occurs on folios 127 verso–133 recto (D03159–D03169; Turner Bequest LVI 125a–131); five subsequent openings, folios 135 verso–140 recto (D03173–D03182; Turner Bequest LVI 133a–138), are annotated ‘near Dunkeld’ and show the Hermitage and Rumbling Bridge.
This drawing and that on folio 116 verso (D03137; Turner Bequest LVI 114a) may have been drawn on pages inadvertently left blank. It is unlikely that Turner, having traversed Glen Errochty to reach Blair Atholl, would have made the long detour south to Dunkeld before polishing off his more northerly objective. This landscape may be a stretch of Tay to the west of Dunkeld, with the crag of Craigie Barns rising to the right; see under folio 116 recto (D03136; Turner Bequest LVI 114).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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