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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.
Angers: The Walls of the Doutre with the Tower of the Church of La Trinité
Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)