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
D26506
Turner Bequest CCLXX 36

Catalogue entry

From the eastern end of the north shore of Loch Katrine, this sketch looks across the loch to Ben Venue with Ellen’s Island (Eilean Molach). The sketch is very similar to another view on folio 35 verso (D26505), and there are several further sketches of the same view in this sketchbook, including the drawing on folio 47 (D26528), which formed the basis of Turner’s watercolour Loch Katrine circa 1832 (British Museum),1 engraved to illustrate volume 8 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, The Lady of the Lake in 1834. (See folio 47 for further references).
At the top of the page is another sketch that David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested is probably of Loch Katrine,2 although he has not been able to decipher Turner’s inscriptions. The view may look west up the loch from the same place as the previous sketch.

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.1084 no.1084.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 3.

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