Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tobermory Bay from the Hill Above Main Street


In Tate Britain

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 2 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch is of the same view of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull that Turner made on folio 1 verso (D26749). It was probably made from Argyll Terrace which runs along a hillside above Main Street and Tobermory Bay. In fact the shape of the lane at the right of the sketch suggests that Turner was standing at the corner of Argyll Terrace and Middle Brae, a road that runs down the hill (indicated by diagonal shading) towards Main Street. A house still stands on the hill where Turner has drawn two buildings at the centre of the sketch. At the left of the sketch is the south side of Tobermory Bay with several boats (indicated by their masts alone) tied up at the pier.
For references to further sketches of Tobermory see folio 1 verso.

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

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