Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loch Ness from Foyers Bay

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 180 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27006
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 23

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have identified this sketch as Loch Ness from the Falls of Foyers on the eastern shore of the loch.1 However, unlike views from the top of the falls (e.g. folio 26 verso; D07013), this sketch does not seem to have been made from so far above water level. It is therefore likely to have been made from the wooded Foyers Bay. The shape of the hill on the western shore of Loch Ness is recognisable as Meall Fuar-mhonaidh.
For references to further sketches of the Falls of Foyers, see folio 40 verso (D27034).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s 1831 Sketchbook T.B. CCLXXVI Fort Augustus’, [circa 1992–3], Tate catalogue files, [unpaginated].

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