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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Glencoe with the Pap of Glencoe and the Notched Ridge 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Recto:
Glencoe with the Pap of Glencoe and the Notched Ridge 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 37
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Cower river’ bottom right
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘37’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 37’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made from the entrance to Glencoe near Upper Carnoch, this sketch is inscribed ‘Cower river’, presumably a reference to the Coe River which can be seen in the foreground. David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan identified the roof of the building at the right of the sketch (and on folio 25; D26789) as belonging to an inn that stood on the south side of the track from Glencoe village to the glen.1 The Pap of Glencoe is shown at the left with the peak of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and the beginning of the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach) at the right.
See folio 2 (D26750) for information about Turner’s visit to Glencoe and references to the other sketches he made on the occasion.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Glencoe with the Pap of Glencoe and the Notched Ridge 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-glencoe-with-the-pap-of-glencoe-and-the-notched-ridge-r1135169, accessed 31 March 2020.