Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Cruachan and Loch Awe from above Cladich


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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 45

Catalogue entry

This is a continuation of the subject on folio 44 verso (D02999). The inscription presumably refers to Ben Cruachan, the mountain that rears up above the north eastern end of Loch Awe, and which Turner included in the title of his watercolour Kilchern Castle, with the Cruchan Ben Mountains, Scotland: Noon, shown at the Royal Academy in 1802. Although this has traditionally been identified with the watercolour of Loch Awe with a rainbow in Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum,1 the present author has proposed that the work in question is a lost watercolour2 engraved by William Miller in 1847 (Tate impression: T05813).3
This sketchbook includes a long sequence of drawings of Loch Awe, many including the castle, of which that on folios 59 verso–60 recto (D03025–D03026; Turner Bequest LVI 57a–58) seems to have supplied the principal features of the view in the watercolour.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.339 no.344, pl.55.
Ibid., no.345.
See Andrew Wilton in Wilton, Inge Bodesohn-Vogel and Helena Robinson, William Turner: Licht und Farbe, exhibition catalogue, Museum Folkwang, Essen 2001, p.285 under no.29.
Technical notes:
There is a 10 mm tear at the centre of the outer edge.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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