Joseph Mallord William Turner

Falls of Foyers

c.1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 × 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27005
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 22 a

Catalogue entry

Janet Carolan, based on David Wallace-Hadrill’s copy of Turner’s sketch, suggested that this is a view of the ‘steep shores at Castle Urquhart’.1 Wallace-Hadrill’s sketch, however, failed to reproduce the overlapping loops at the lower centre of the sketch that are Turner’s unmistakable sign for foaming water (see folio 25; D27101 for comparison). This is therefore either the bottom of the Lower Fall, or the whole of the smaller Upper Fall at Foyers on the eastern shore of Loch Ness.
For references to further sketches of the Falls of Foyers, see folio 40 verso (D27034).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s 1831 Sketchbook T.B. CCLXXVI Fort Augustus’, [circa 1992–3], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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