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 11 Recto:
The Three Sisters of Glencoe 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Glenco Road’ bottom left
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘11’ bottom right descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 11’ bottom left descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of the Three Sisters of Glencoe (part of the mountain Bidean nam Bian) was made from the road running through Glencoe to the north. The present sketch shows the western two of the three ridges with the road (labelled ‘Road’) in the foreground and the River Coe winding its way west through the glen at the right. Turner made a similar sketch on folio 10 (D26764), and from the same spot turned to the west to make a view along the glen on folio 10 verso (D26765). These sketches, along with folios 17 verso, 18 and 33 (D26775, D26776, D26804) show the view west along Glencoe, suggesting that they were made on his return to Ballachulish after having travelled up the glen. See folio 2 (D26750) for further information and for a full list of Turner’s sketches of Glencoe.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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-r1135123, accessed 18 May 2022.