Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben A’an From the Landing to Goblin’s Cave, Loch Katrine

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26523
Turner Bequest CCLXX 44 a

Catalogue entry

This is one of five sketches of Ben A’an from across Loch Katrine to the south (see folios 42 verso–44; D26519–D26522).1 The present view was taken, as Turner’s inscription tells us, from the ‘landing to Goblins cave’. This is another name for Coir nan Uriskin, a corrie or cirque (basin formation in a mountain) at the northern slope of Ben Venue, which Turner sketched and made a note of on folio 32 (D26498). The bay and landing are shown in the foreground with a boat drawn up on the sand attended by several figures, and across the loch is the distinctive profile of Ben A’an.
For more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Katrine and references to the sketches he made of it, see folio 47 (D26528).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.

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