Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Lomond from Luss or Tarbet

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26481
Turner Bequest CCLXX 23 a

Catalogue entry

Although David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that these two sketches of a loch-side village may be Tarbet or Inveruglas on Loch Lomond,1 the similarity of both to the sketch on the reverse of this page (folio 23; D26480) suggests that they also depict Luss, a village about halfway up the loch on the western shore. The most striking similarity is in the distinctive shape of the hill directly behind the village which matches Beinn Dubh fairly well. However, the pier at Tarbet has a similar appearance which makes this identification uncertain.
In either case, both sketches show the same village from along the bay to the south with houses by the waterside and a few boats. The top sketch was made from a little closer to the village.
For references to further sketches of Luss, see folio 23 (D26480), and for more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Lomond see Tour of Scotland for Scott’s Poetical Works 1831 Tour Introduction.

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 2.

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