Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inverfarigaig Pass, or the Falls of Foyers

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
D27024
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 33

Catalogue entry

Continued from folio 32 verso (D27023), and drawn with the sketchbook inverted, is a sketch of a gorge with a loch in the background. Rather than the Falls of Foyers, which are depicted about twenty times in this sketchbook (see folio 40 verso; D27034 for references), David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that this sketch may be of the Pass of Inverfarigaig to the north-east of Foyers.1 The pass runs east from Inverfarigaig on the coast of Loch Ness to Loch Mhor, and this view may have been made from about halfway up the glen looking east towards the loch. The same view is depicted on folio 32 (D27022). The identifications of these sketches, however, are not certain; they may be of Foyers, like many other sketches in this book (see folio 33 for further evidence).

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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