Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sound of Mull and Ardtornish Castle from the West


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 55

Catalogue entry

The three sketches on this page were made while Turner travelled down the Sound of Mull from Tobermory to Oban. Approaching the mouth of the Sound, having passed Ardtornish Castle on the Morvern side (folios 51–54 verso; D26840–D26847), the artist turned back for one final view of the castle which he sketched at the upper left of this page. The presence of a boat at the left of this sketch suggests that it was around this part of the Sound or the Firth of Lorn that Turner saw the group of boats he sketched beneath. At the top of the page is a sketch made from the Firth of Lorn, looking west towards the Sound of Mull with the shore of Mull on the left and Morvern on the right. Turner made further sketches of this view on folio 55 verso (D26849).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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