Joseph Mallord William TurnerFort Augustus from Loch Ness 1831

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Artist
Title
Fort Augustus from Loch Ness
From Fort Augustus Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 150 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26994
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 17
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
Fort Augustus from Loch Ness 1831
D26994
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 17
Pencil on off-white laid writing paper, 150 x 180 mm irregular
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘17’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXVI 17’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Fort Augustus was made from the southern end of Loch Ness as Turner continued his journey up the Caledonian Canal and the lochs it connects towards Inverness. From the north of the town we look along the River Oich to the old stone-arched bridge. To the left is Inveroich House, and the Caledonian Canal behind it runs parallel to the river. Behind this is the old fort, after which the village is named. In the distance at the left are the mountains to the east of Glen Mor with the Loch Lochy Hills to the right. The view to the right continues in the sketch beneath. At the top and bottom of the pages are sketches of the rooftops of Fort Augustus.
There is a very similar view of Fort Augustus on the reverse of this page (folio 17 verso; D26995), though drawn in less detail. For references to further sketches of the village see folio 18 (D26996).
The pencil has become slightly rubbed (perhaps a result of the 1928 flood at the Tate Gallery), leaving grey marks on the page, especially evident at the left and top of the page.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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