The lower of these two sketches is identifiable by the distinctive peak of Ben A’an as seen from the northern end of Loch Achray; see for comparison folio 50 verso (D26535). The other sketch on the page is therefore likely to show the wooded Trossachs which lie between Loch Achray and Loch Katrine. David Wallace-Hadrill suggested that there may be gravestones in the foreground of the picture,1 though these are perhaps more likely to be boulders in the Achray Water. The inscription at the left appears to read ‘Blue bay’, presumably referring to part of the nearby loch. For references to further sketches around Loch Achray and the Trossachs in this sketchbook see folio 49 (D26532).
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Islay sketches “St & West sketchbook” CCLXX’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.
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