Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Glencoe

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: 186 × 116 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26808
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 35 a

Catalogue entry

These two sketches have been identified as Glencoe.1 The top sketch, labelled with an unidentified inscription, looks east towards the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach), with either the road along which Turner was travelling or the River Coe in the foreground. Beneath is a sketch inscribed ‘Glen’, which shows another view of the glen (presumably nearby) with the River Coe in the foreground.
For references to further sketches of Glencoe and more information about Turner’s visit to the area see folio 2 (D26750).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inveraray, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 5–6, 14].

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