Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Lomond from Inveruglas

1831

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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
D26476
Turner Bequest CCLXX 21

Catalogue entry

Ben Lomond is seen here from the north northwest, probably, as David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested, from the shore at Inveruglas.1 Box shapes in the foreground may represent the remains of a small landing stage or some other structure at the water’s edge, and looking south down the loch at the right of the sketch is a steamboat, noticeable from its trail of smoke. Turner was himself exploring the loch by steamboat (see Tour of Scotland for Scott’s Poetical Works 1831 Tour Introduction) so this sketch gives a good impression of his own journey.
Other views of Loch Lomond are scattered throughout this sketchbook, see folio 23 (D26480) for details.

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

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

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