Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bracklinn Falls with Two Figures, Near Callander

1834

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26739
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 38 a

Catalogue entry

This rocky hillside is likely to be the hill above Callander to the north-east with the Bracklinn Falls.1 Although Turner’s scribbles, lines and shapes are hard to decipher, his energetic sketch captures the romantic rocky landscape, which is made more sublime by his inclusion of two small figures at the bottom of the page who are dwarfed by the rocks above them. The same device is used in other sketches of the falls on folios 10 and 22 verso (D26735, D26736; CCLXXII 36a, 37).
For further sketches of Bracklinn Falls and other nearby sites, see folio 33 (D26741; CCLXXII 39a).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

1
Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.26.

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