Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Achray with Ben A’an; and the Trossachs

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 201 × 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26539
Turner Bequest CCLXX 52 a

Catalogue entry

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).

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Islay sketches “St & West sketchbook” CCLXX’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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