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The painting was the result of sketches made on Turner’s 1831 tour of Scotland.
Turner made six visits to Scotland. In 1831 he made his most extensive tour lasting nearly two months. He began by visiting Walter Scott and then travelled round the western highlands and islands and up the Caledonian Canal to Inverness. The purpose of the tour was to make sketches for illustrations to Scott’s work. While in Inverness he bought a sketchbook from D. Morrison & Co., Booksellers, Stationers and bookbinders. Now known as the ‘Inverness’ sketchbook, it contains studies of Inverness and Aberdeen. This is the only view of Inverness that Turner painted. The viewpoint is from the west side of the River Ness, looking back across the Ness Bridge to the town…
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