Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant Mountains - Pass of Leny or Loch Ard


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 36

Catalogue entry

There are six sketches on this page, one drawn across the top of the page with the book held in the landscape format, and five drawn down the other half of the page with the book turned to the left. The bottom two depict a distant mountain seen from across a loch. The profile of the mountain resembles Ben Lomond as seen from across Loch Ard. Turner made a sketch of this view in the Loch Ard sketchbook: Tate D26677 (Turner Bequest CCLXXII 6).
This is one of four pages of sketches of mountain scenery: folios 35–36 verso (D26327–D26330). While some of the sketches resemble Loch Ard, others appear to have been made at the Pass of Leny, making it difficult to identify these sketches with certainty.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

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