Joseph Mallord William Turner

Killin, with Ben Lawers and Loch Tay

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03065
Turner Bequest LVI 77 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 80 recto opposite (D03066; Turner Bequest LVI 78).
The inscription is puzzling. It is not in the same style of handwriting as the usual place-names in this sketchbook, and seems to have been written at a different time, although it does appear to be Turner’s; Finberg read it as ‘Stirling’, with ‘Kelling’ as a speculative alternative,1 but this does not seem to be correct; ‘Killin’ may have been intended, or ‘Lochay’. The River Lochy, like the River Dochart, flows into Loch Tay from the west.
The overall identification of the place seems reasonably secure; for more developed views of Killin and Ben Lawers see the ‘Scottish Pencils’ (Tate D03401, D03420, D03421; Turner Bequest LVIII 22, 41, 42).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.146.

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