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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 150 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 6 a

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested that the two sketches on this page may depict Loch Lochy, an identification that is consistent with the order of sketches in this book.1 The sketch, drawn parallel with the page gutter, may show a view north up the loch from the southern end, with the southern end of Druim Ghlaoidh covered in fir trees at the right. With the sketchbook inverted from this sketch, drawn parallel with the fore-edge of the page, there may be another view north along the loch. This time the view is from further up the loch, with the tall mountains to the west of the loch at the left, and the promontory of Letterfinlay at the right with Creag nan Gobhar in the distance. Both sketches include the same sailing boat in the distance. Without any strong topographical clues, however, these identifications remain tentative. There are further sketches of Loch Lochy on folios 6 and 7 (D26972, D26974).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s 1831 Sketchbook T.B. CCLXXVI Fort Augustus’, [circa 1992–3], Tate catalogue files.

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