Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Nevis from the Caledonian Canal to the West

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26969
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 4

Catalogue entry

Made from the top of Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal near Corpach, this sketch looks east towards Ben Nevis, though the outline of the mountain becomes faint as it disappears into the clouds.1 Beneath the mountain is the canal engine house at Corpach where Neptune’s Staircase begins. The roof of the building is sketched again beneath and is included in a sketch on folio 3 (D26968). There is another view of Ben Nevis from halfway up Neptune’s Staircase on folio 2 (D26967), which was the first sketch that Turner made in this book. The Nevis range is also seen in a sketch on folio 5 (D26971).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s 1831 Sketchbook T.B. CCLXXVI Fort Augustus’, [circa 1992–3], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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