Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mr Fraser of Foyers’s Bridge over the Upper Fall of Foyers

1831

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27033
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 40

Not on display

Catalogue entry

The narrow, single-arched bridge depicted in this sketch has been identified as the bridge that Mr Fraser of Foyers built over the River Foyers near Loch Ness just above the upper waterfall.1 Turner made two further sketches of the bridge (folios 30 verso–31, and folios 40 verso–41; D27019–D27020, D27034–D27035) and various sketches from the top of the waterfalls and from further down (see folio 40 verso for references).
Turner was not the only person to recognise the romantic beauty of this spot. Sarah Murray described the scene in 1799 ‘as truly picturesque and very romantic, as well as beautiful’, and steamboat passengers travelling up Loch Ness were advised to see the Falls from the bridge.2

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
This sketch was identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s 1831 Sketchbook T.B. CCLXXVI Fort Augustus’, [circa 1992–3], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].
2
Sarah Murray, A Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland, London 1799, p.246; and James Lumsden and Son, Lumsden and Son’s Steamboat Companion; or Stranger’s Guide to the Western Isles and Highlands of Scotland, Glasgow 1839, pp.161–2.

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