From the path on the north shore of Loch Katrine towards the east end, this sketch looks south across the water towards Ben Venue with Ellen’s Isle (Eilean Molach) just right of centre. This is one of a number of sketches of the mountain from this point. These include folio 47 (D26528) which became the basis for Turner’s watercolour Loch Katrine circa 1832 (British Museum),1 engraved in 1834 to illustrate volume 8 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, The Lady of the Lake. See also folios 45 verso, 46, 48 (D26525, D26526, D26530).
The present sketch is particularly close to folio 45 verso, though made from a little further to the west.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1084.
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