Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 183 × 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27036
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 41 a

Catalogue entry

Inscribed ‘Fall at Glen Lia’ by Turner, this sketch depicts the Falls of Foyers on the eastern shore of Loch Ness. Made from or near the bridge over the Upper Fall at Glen Lia, this sketch looks north along the River Foyers towards the Lower ‘Fall’ and out to Loch Ness. There are similar views of Loch Ness from the top of the falls on folios 42 and 42 verso–43 (D27037–D27039). A few marks at the lower right of the sketch may represent a figure looking down at the waterfall.
Turner, along with his fellow passengers, stopped at Foyers on a scheduled stop during his journey north by steamboat up Loch Ness. More tourists are depicted on folio 40 verso (D27034). Turner made over twenty sketches of the waterfalls, see folio 40 verso for references.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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