Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Venue, From Across Loch Katrine

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26505
Turner Bequest CCLXX 35 a

Catalogue entry

Ben Venue is seen here from the north-east corner of Loch Katrine. From the lower slopes of Ben A’an, seen at the left of the sketch, we look across the loch to the mountain with Ellen’s Island (Eilean Molach) in front of it. The sketch is one of a number of depictions of Ben Venue in this sketchbook made from around this point in preparation to Turner’s watercolour of Loch Katrine circa 1832 (British Museum),1 which was engraved to illustrate volume 8 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, The Lady of the Lake in 1834. There is a very similar view on folio 36 (D26506). (See folio 47; D26528 for details and references).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.1084 no.1084.

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