Joseph Mallord William Turner

Foyers Lower Fall


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 150 x 180 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 24 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right, David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that this sketch may, along with a sketch across folios 32 verso–33 (D27023–D27024), represent the Pass of Inverfarigaig rather than the Falls of Foyers which are depicted in neighbouring sketches in the sketchbook.1 However, while this sketch has some compositional similarities to folios 32 verso–33, it is much closer to the sketch on folio 26 (D27012), especially with the slender tree at the centre which obscures the view of part of the waterfall. This has been identified as a view of Foyers Lower Fall from the east. The hill at the right is therefore Creag Bhreac, rather than one side of the pass. The sketch on the reverse of this page (folio 24; D27008) shows the same view.
For further sketches of the Falls of Foyers see folio 40 verso (D27034).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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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