Joseph Mallord William TurnerSt Mary's Loch, Selkirkshire 1834

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St Mary's Loch, Selkirkshire
From Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII
Date 1834
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 111 x 181 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 25
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Recto:
St Mary’s Loch, Selkirkshire 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 25
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘St Mary Lake’ top
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘25’ bottom left descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVIII – 25’ bottom left descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inscribed ‘St Mary Lake’ at the top of this page, here are two sketches of St Mary’s Loch in Selkirkshire. The sketch at the bottom of the page is very similar to the view on folio 24 verso (D26141), which is likely to depict the outflow of the Megget Water at Cappercleuch at the northern end of the loch, as seen from the road to the north below Capper Law. For a list of the hills across the water in the distance, see the entry for folio 24 (D26140), where the context of Turner’s visit to the area is discussed.
A different view of the loch is drawn at the top of the page. This may be a view looking past Cappercleuch to the southern end of the loch. There are further views of St Mary’s Loch on folios 24–28 (D26140–D26148).

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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