J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Blair Atholl: A River with Rocks, Trees and a Distant Hill 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 122 Verso:
Blair Atholl: A River with Rocks, Trees and a Distant Hill 1801
D03149
Turner Bequest LVI 120a
Pencil on white wove paper, 184 x 114 mm
Partial watermark ‘C Wi | 17’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is continued on folio 123 recto opposite (D03150; Turner Bequest LVI 121). It is one of a series of studies on the banks of the river Garry or Tilt at Blair Atholl; see under folio 118 verso (D03141; Turner Bequest LVI 116a).
The subject here is perhaps a scene on the River Garry rather than the Tilt: the enclosed scenery of the river bed opens up to reveal a hill which Finberg suggested may be the Hill of Tulach (Tulloch).1
1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.148.
Technical notes:
There is a thumb print in blue-grey paint at the top centre.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Blair Atholl: A River with Rocks, Trees and a Distant Hill 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-blair-atholl-a-river-with-rocks-trees-and-a-distant-hill-r1179344, accessed 28 February 2021.