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 18 Recto:
The Three Sisters of Glencoe 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Glenco’ bottom
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘18’ bottom right descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 18’ bottom left descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch, along with a very similar one on folio 17 verso (D26775), shows the Three Sisters of Glencoe (ridges of the mountain Bidean nam Bian) looking south-west from the road through Glencoe. At the right of the sketch, running along the north side of the glen, is the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach). In the middle distance between the two mountain sides is a dark shape that may represent a figure standing at a turn in the road and looking out at the glen.
See folio 2 (D26750) for further information about 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-r1135134, accessed 18 May 2022.