Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Valley with Trees in the left Foreground and Distant Mountains


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 184 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest LVI 81 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 84 recto opposite (D03074; Turner Bequest LVI 82). The surrounding pages suggest that this is a scene in Glen Dochart. The inscription does not seem to read, as Finberg thought,1 ‘Ben Moor’. If the mountain referred to is indeed Ben Lawers, we are looking north-east over Killin towards the western end of Loch Tay, which is dominated by that peak. However, there is a possibility that, however it reads, the inscription does not refer to the mountain visible at the right of the view, which bears little resemblance to either Ben More or Ben Lawers.
An inscription in a similar style is on folio 116 verso (D03137; Turner Bequest LVI 114a). Both have the appearance of having been added at the time the drawings were made rather than (as with the majority in this sketchbook) at a later date.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

See Finberg 1909, I, p.146.

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