Turner first toured Scotland in 1801. Visiting the mountains of Scotland
was a logical progression after he
had experienced the dramatic scenery
of Wales. He made numerous whilst in Scotland. These energetic sketches, known as the 'Scottish pencils', were drawn on tinted and often touched with white highlights afterwards.
This bold sketch shows the summit of
Ben y Vrackie. It was rare for Turner to draw a close-up sketch, as opposed to
a broader view of the Scottish mountains.
Gallery label, September 2004