Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben A’an from the West End of Loch Achray

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 × 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26535
Turner Bequest CCLXX 50 a

Catalogue entry

Although David Wallace-Hadrill listed this sketch as ‘Ben Venue’ in an unpublished article,1 the peak shown in this sketch is clearly Ben A’an, as he noted correctly elsewhere in his notes.2 The distinctive peak is recognisable from other sketches from the west end of Loch Achray (folio 51; D26536), and is seen here above the hills to the north of the loch. The west end of Loch Achray is seen in the foreground.
At the bottom left of the page is a small sketch of a loch with hills surrounding it. This may be the view east across Loch Achray. For more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Achray, see folio 49 (D26832).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Clyde checklist’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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