Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ben Venue from Loch Achray

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: 201 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26540
Turner Bequest CCLXX 53

Catalogue entry

Considering the proximity in this sketchbook to views of Loch Achray and the Trossachs, the two sketches of mountain profiles on this page are likely to be of Ben Venue as seen from the northern end of Loch Achray. The top sketch shows most of the mountain while the bottom sketch shows just its summit and northern shoulder. Ben Venue features as a major landmark of Turner’s sketches of Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, and was included in the watercolours he painted of both subjects as illustrations for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works. See folios 47 and 49 (D26528, D26532) for further details.

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

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