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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tobermory 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
Tobermory 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 3a
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Tobermory’ right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The larger of the two sketches on this page is inscribed ‘Tobermory’ by Turner, and must therefore show the southern end of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull from the Main Street. A view from the hill to the west on folio 2 verso (D26751) also shows the pier with two masts of an unseen boat. In the foreground Turner has included a group of four or so figures walking along the beach. At the right a series of diagonal marks may indicate the hill to the west of the bay with trees at the top, although it is not clear whether this is intended to be part of the same sketch.
Turner drew another view of a harbour, this time with two boats at the fore-edge of the page with the sketchbook inverted. This is presumably Tobermory again, although the towered building at the left has not been identified. For references to further sketches of Tobermory see folio 1 verso (D26749).

Thomas Ardill
March 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Tobermory 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-r1135111, accessed 18 May 2022.