Ben Lomond is seen here from the north northwest, probably, as David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested, from the shore at Inveruglas.1 Box shapes in the foreground may represent the remains of a small landing stage or some other structure at the water’s edge, and looking south down the loch at the right of the sketch is a steamboat, noticeable from its trail of smoke. Turner was himself exploring the loch by steamboat (see Tour of Scotland for Scott’s Poetical Works 1831 Tour Introduction) so this sketch gives a good impression of his own journey.
Other views of Loch Lomond are scattered throughout this sketchbook, see folio 23 (D26480) for details.
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 1.
- Argyll and Bute(418)