Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tobermory Harbour; and ?Loch Sunart from the West

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26827
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 45

Catalogue entry

There are in fact two sketches on this page, although they are overlapping and so appear as one. The first is a view from the hill above Tobermory Bay looking down on the north end of the harbour from the west. Turner has included several boats in the harbour, which is represented by a series of box shapes. Above this is a sketch looking along a loch surrounded by mountains. This has been tentatively identified as a view up Loch Sunart.1 Turner must have made this sketch as the Maid of Morvern left the Sound of Mull on its way to the Isle of Staffa.
For more information about Turner’s time in Tobermory and references to further sketches see folio 1 verso (D26749).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner on Mull and Staffa’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folio 11].

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