The sketches on this page begin a sequence that record Turner’s return from Tobermory to Oban after visiting the Isle of Staffa. The sequence continues on folios 48 verso–57 verso (D26834–D26852).
These sketches have been identified as views of the coast around Tobermory on Mull.1 The top sketch carries an inscription that David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan read as ‘Coll’, though it could equally say ‘Is Calv’. In any case the authors suggest that this denotes Calve Island, which must be the dark shape at the left, with the hill to the north of Tobermory to the right. The view would therefore be from the Sound of Mull to the east of Tobermory. The second sketch looks south-west up the bay to the hill above the harbour with Drumfin House (see also folio 47 verso; D26832). For further sketches of Tobermory, see folio 1 verso (D26749).
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on Mull and Staffa’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 12, 20].