Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ledard Burn, or Bracklinn Falls


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 182 x 117 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 37

Catalogue entry

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan have suggested that the sketch of a stream in a mountain glen on this page could depict Ledard Burn, which runs down the southern slope of Ben Venue to Loch Ard.1 Another sketch of the burn has been identified on folio 2 verso (D26673; CCLXXII 4), and on the reverse of this page are sketches of Loch Ard.
At the bottom left of the sketch are two figures who act as staffage, to suggest human interaction with the landscape and provide the scene with a sense of scale. Turner included almost identical figures in two sketches of the Bracklinn Falls near Callander: folios 10 and 21 (D26735, D26739; CCLXXII 36a, 38a). The reoccurrence of these figures suggests that either Turner invented them to use as a compositional devise in different circumstances, or that this is in fact another view of Bracklinn Falls.

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.27.

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