Joseph Mallord William TurnerCallander, Main Street with Ben Ledi 1834

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Artist
Title
Callander, Main Street with Ben Ledi
From Loch Ard Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXII
Date 1834
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 184 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26686
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 11
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Verso:
Callander, Main Street with Ben Ledi 1834
D26686
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 11
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 184 x 118 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn at the outside edge of the page with the book turned to the right is a sketch of the Main Street in Callander. In this view we look west along the street, with the old Parish Church at the right and Ben Ledi looming above. Two or three minute dark figures standing on the street contribute to the sense of scale and emphasise the size of the mountain. The fact that the sketch is drawn at the top of the page (in this format) suggests that Turner may have originally intended to make a series of related views running down the page. Instead there is a view looking east along the Main Street on folio 20 verso (D26699; CCLXXII 18). For references to further sketches of Callander and nearby sites see folio 33 (D26741; CCLXXII 39a).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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