Joseph Mallord William Turner

Corriearklet, Loch Arklet

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 × 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26477
Turner Bequest CCLXX 21 a

Catalogue entry

Corriearklet (written as ‘Corarklet’ by Turner) is a clachan (or hamlet) halfway along the north side of Loch Arklet.1 The path that Turner took from Inversnaid to Stronachlachar along the north bank of the loch can be seen winding its way across the sketch, with the roof of one house to the left and several more to the right. A figure stands on the path. This may be a fellow tourist who disembarked from the steamboat with Turner at Inversnaid in order to travel along the loch to reach Loch Katrine. At the right of the sketch is a bridge. This may be the footbridge marked on the current Ordnance Survey map beneath a pond to the east of Corriearklet, near the head of the loch. The mountain at the top right of the sketch is Stob an Fhàinne to the north-west of Corriearklet, and the distant mountains are those to the west of Loch Lomond, including Ben Vorlich and Ben Vane.
Soon after making this sketch Turner drew the view looking east towards Loch Katrine (folio 22 verso; D26479).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and In Islay – 1831’, [circa 1990–99], Tate catalogue files.

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