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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Three Sisters of Glencoe 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
The Three Sisters of Glencoe 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘10’ bottom right descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 10’ bottom left descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The three northern ridges of Bidean nam Bian, known as the Three Sisters of Glencoe, are seen here from the road through Glencoe to the north.1 Turner stood beneath the ridge of Geàrr Aonach to make this sketch. There is a similar view on folio 11 (D26765).
For further sketches of Glencoe and more information on Turner’s visit see folio 2 (D26750).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inverness, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 7, 12].

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The Three Sisters of Glencoe 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-the-three-sisters-of-glencoe-r1135121, accessed 26 January 2022.