Inveraray town was completely rebuilt on a new site by the Duke of Argyll in the late eighteenth century. Robert Milne’s Parish Church, begun in 1792, can be seen nearing completion in the centre of Turner’s drawing. Further to the right, behind the massive gaol building, are the towers of Inveraray Castle. There is a coloured study of the town from a different viewpoint in the 1801 Scotch Lakes sketchbook (Tate D41247; Turner Bequest LVI 39b).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.340 no.352, reproduced; see Finberg 1909, I, p.154.
There are splashes of blue–green ink.