Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Southern Shore of the Sound of Mull

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 91 × 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26941
Turner Bequest CCLXXIV 3 a

Catalogue entry

Like all the pages in this book, the present sketch was very rapidly and roughly executed, and without any architecture, and no distinctive topography, the subject in this case is hard to determine. The general shape of the coastline and the fact that the sketch appears in the book between views of Oban Bay (folio 3; D26940) and Duart Castle (folio 4; D26943) are presumably what suggested to David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan that the view was likely to be of the ‘southern shore of the Sound of Mull’,1 sketched as Turner’s boat approached the entrance to the Sound.

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on the Isle of Skye 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 29].

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