Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben More and Glen Dochart

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 329 x 494 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03406
Turner Bequest LVIII 27

Catalogue entry

Art historian Francina Irwin has plausibly identified this view as showing Ben More seen from the north east, looking across Glen Dochart.1 There is a sequence of studies of Ben More from Glen Dochart, none immediately related to this sheet, in the 1801 Scotch Lakes sketchbook (D03065–D03079; Turner Bequest LVI 77a–85). See also Tate D03398, D03402; Turner Bequest LVIII 19, 23).
1
Personal communication.
Technical notes:
The ‘tobacco water’ wash is paler in this sheet than in most of the other ‘Scottish Pencils’ (see the Introduction to the grouping), with a corresponding increase in luminosity and sharper differentiation of tones resulting in a more conventionally satisfying design, which is enhanced by the sweeping diagonal that dominates the composition.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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