Joseph Mallord William Turner

Foyers Lower Fall

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27010
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 25

Catalogue entry

Finberg was the first to suggest that this sketch might depict the Falls of Foyers,1 although he failed to recognise the other depictions in this sketchbook which have been identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan (see folio 40 verso; D27034).2 This is the larger Lower Fall, seen from below to the left (east) of the waterfall; there is a view from the right of the waterfall on the reverse of this page (D27011). Turner depicted the water with a number of techniques, using overlapping loops to depict the foaming water as it cascaded down the fall, vertical lines to show the faster falling water towards the bottom of the fall, and small areas of shading to represent splashes.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.881.
2
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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