Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Katrine from Stronachlachar


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 184 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXII 5 a

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the three sketches on this page may depict a view west along Loch Ard towards Ben Lomond, a subject that Turner made a number of sketches of in this book;1 see folio 3 verso (D26677; CCLXXII 6). The distinctive outline of Ben Lomond, however, is not present in any of these sketches, and the hills in the bottom sketch in particular have quite the wrong shape for those surrounding Loch Ard.
A more likely suggestion, therefore, is Loch Katrine, which Turner drew on folio 16 verso (D26714; CCLXXII 26). The mountain peak at the centre of the top sketch has the distinctive shape of Ben A’an as seen from the west, making a view from Stronachlachar likely. The sketch beneath may also depict Ben A’an, while the third sketch down includes more of the mountains to the north of the loch, with Ben A’an at the western end of the loch to the right. At the bottom of the page, drawn with the book turned to the right, is the slight continuation of a sketch from folio 39 verso (D26679; CCLXXII 7).
For a full list of Turner’s sketches in the Trossachs, see the Loch Ard sketchbook Introduction.

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

Wallace-Hadrill and Carolan 1990, Vol.10 No.2, p.27.

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