Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Venue and the Trossachs From Loch Achray

1831

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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
D26484
Turner Bequest CCLXX 25

Catalogue entry

Ben Venue is seen here from the western end of Loch Achray to the east of the mountain. As David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have pointed out, Turner must have made this sketch after ‘negotiating the difficult track, known in his time as The Ladder, though the pass [from Loch Katrine] to Loch Achray’.1 The wooded area between the two lochs is the Trossachs, which seems to have been the focus of Turner’s visit to the head of Loch Achray.
For more information on Turner’s visit to and sketches of the loch, see folio 49 (D26532).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

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

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