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
D26527
Turner Bequest CCLXX 46 a

Catalogue entry

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.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1084.

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