Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe from the Approach to Ballachulish

1831

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26809
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 36

Catalogue entry

Turner used this page turned in two directions for similar sketches of Loch Leven and the mountains of Glencoe from near Ballachulish. Drawn towards the page gutter is a sketch that looks along the shoreline towards houses at the western outskirts of Ballachulish village. The island in the loch is Eilean Choinneich, and the Pap of Glencoe forms a distinctive landmark at the right of centre.
The sketch drawn at the fore-edge of the page, with the sketchbook inverted, again looks east along the shore of Loch Leven towards the Pap of Glencoe, but this time from further east and closer to Ballachulish village. Turner was making his way east along the Loch to the village of Glencoe, from where he reached the Glen. See folio 2 (D26750) for more information on this part of Turner’s tour and for references to further sketches.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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