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The four sketches of Fort Augustus on this page were made from the southern end of Loch Ness. At the top of the page (with the sketchbook held so that the fore-edge is at the right) is a slight sketch with a shape at the centre that suggests a canal towpath and hills in the background. This must be a view either north-east or south-west along the Caledonian Canal or River Oich. The second sketch down certainly looks north-east along the River Oich towards the Old River Oich Bridge at the left, with the Caledonian Canal running parallel to it to the right. Both flow out to Loch Ness beyond the bridge. At the right, beneath the hills that line the eastern shore of the loch, are the buildings that make up the remains of the original military fort (see folio 13; D26986). This view may have been made from the last lock gate above the canal.
With the sketchbook inverted are two further sketches. The third down again looks north-east towards Loch Ness with the River Oich (left) and the Caledonian Canal (right) running parallel in the foreground. On the river in the distance is the dark silhouette of a boat; perhaps the same that is seen in the final sketch.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.434 no.1129.
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