This watercolour is developed from the ‘Scottish Pencil’ drawing Tate D03388 (Turner Bequest LVIII 9), which is one of a group of studies that Turner made in the immediate neighbourhood of Inveraray, where he evidently stayed for a night or two.
The other subjects are Tate D03387 (Turner Bequest LVIII 8), developed from the 1801 Tummel Bridge sketchbook (Tate D03308–D03309; Turner Bequest LVII 16a–17), Tate D03389 (Turner Bequest LVIII 10), with its associated large colour study Tate D03641 (Turner Bequest LX J) and the finished watercolour in Manchester Art Gallery,1 and Tate D03390 and D03391 (Turner Bequest LVIII 11, 12).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.340 no.352, reproduced.
Except at the edges, the sheet has severely faded from prolonged exposure. Finberg notes that it was withdrawn from the Fourth Loan Collection in September 1905 (whether before or after being shown at Wolverhampton is unclear), ‘when removal of the mount showed that the indigo in the exposed parts of the drawing had faded.’1
Finberg 1909, I, p.161.