Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben A’an From Across Loch Katrine; Aros Castle, Mull; and ?Colonsay


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 125 × 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXX 43

Catalogue entry

From a bay by Coir nan Uriskin at the northern foot of Ben Venue on the southern shore of Loch Katrine is a view across the loch with Ellen’s Island (Eilean Molach) and the Am Priosan promontory and Ben A’an beyond at the north shore. There are similar views on folios 42 verso–44 verso (D26519–D26525). For further information about Turner’s visit to and sketches of Loch Katrine see folio 47 (D26528).
With the sketchbook inverted, drawn parallel with the page gutter (now the bottom of the page) is a sketch of Aros Castle as seen from the Sound of Mull to the south-east. This sketch is associated with five studies of the castle on folio 42 verso (D26519). There is also a view of the castle on folio 47 verso (D26529).
At the head of the page (when the book is held in the conventional manner) is a small boxed-off sketch with an inscription that has been read as ‘Colonsay’.1 It is possible that this is a view towards the Island of Colonsay, which lies near Islay and Mull, perhaps with the Paps of Jura in the distance at the right. In this case the sketch was made after Turner had travelled up the Sound of Mull on his way to Skye. However, the inscription is not certain and could refer to another location.

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘CCLXX “Stirling” checklist’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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