Dunstaffnage

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
watercolor and gouache on white paper
Dimensions
3 3/4 x 5 7/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
Accession number
72.186
Collection
Not Currently On View

In spite of the small working surface, Turner packed his watercolor with detail: the millennia-old mountains on the far shore of the Firth of Lorne, the centuries-old Dunstaffnage Castle and chapel, and the months-old steamboat that had just begun plying the stormy Atlantic along Scotland’s western coast.

On the occasion of sketching at Dunstaffnage in September 1831, Turner used the convenience of the steamer, which landed at nearby Oban, to pay his first visits to the isles of Staffa and Mull.

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