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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tobermory Bay from the Hill Above Main Street 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
Tobermory Bay from the Hill Above Main Street 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 2a
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Ld’ right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch is of the same view of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull that Turner made on folio 1 verso (D26749). It was probably made from Argyll Terrace which runs along a hillside above Main Street and Tobermory Bay. In fact the shape of the lane at the right of the sketch suggests that Turner was standing at the corner of Argyll Terrace and Middle Brae, a road that runs down the hill (indicated by diagonal shading) towards Main Street. A house still stands on the hill where Turner has drawn two buildings at the centre of the sketch. At the left of the sketch is the south side of Tobermory Bay with several boats (indicated by their masts alone) tied up at the pier.
For references to further sketches of Tobermory see folio 1 verso.

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Tobermory Bay from the Hill Above Main Street 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-tobermory-bay-from-the-hill-above-main-street-r1135109, accessed 18 May 2022.