Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunstaffnage Castle and the Falls of Lora, Loch Etive


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 83

Catalogue entry

From the road on the southern bank of Loch Etive just west of Connel Ferry, this view looks north-east towards the mouth of the loch, with Dunstaffnage Castle standing on a promontory at the left. Turner’s view was perhaps more panoramic than it appears in the sketch, showing the north bank of the loch at North Connel, and the rocky headland beyond at the northern mouth of the loch called Ledaig Point. Behind this is the island of Linnhe, with the mountains of Morvern in the distance at the right and Mull at the left. The water is moving rapidly at this point just downstream of Lora Falls, as Turner has indicated in the sketch.
Turner has noted that the rainy sky beneath the clouds is ‘gold’. Further notes on the appearance of the sky over Dunstaffnage were made on folio 82 verso (D26903), and the setting of the sun is observed on folio 81 verso (D26901).
For further sketches of Dunstaffnage see folio 89 (D26916); references to Turner’s sketches of Loch Etive are on folio 95 verso (D26929).

Thomas Ardill
February 2010

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