Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Linnhe from the Entrance to the Caledonian Canal at Corpach

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: 116 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26768
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 13

Catalogue entry

This sketch has been identified as showing the view south down Loch Linnhe from Corpach, Fort William. At the left, on the east side of the loch, are the foothills of Ben Nevis beneath which is the town of Fort William. Along with a boat tied up at the quay in the foreground, it has been suggested that there is a canal lock, making this a view from the entrance to the Caledonian Canal. Turner boarded a steamer from here which brought him up the canal to Inverness. Also in the foreground is a figure standing with its back to us admiring the same view.
For further sketches made around Fort William see folio 8 verso (D26760).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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