Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looking East Along Loch Katrine


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 125 × 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXX 24

Catalogue entry

Having arrived at Stronachlachar on Loch Katrine (see folio 22 verso; D26470), Turner boarded a boat which took him to the east end of the loch (folio 27; D26488). About halfway up the loch the artist made a sketch at the inside of the page which depicts the view looking east along the loch, at the point where it narrows slightly and turns to the south.1 The mountain of Ben Venue can be seen at the top right and is labelled ‘B V’. As he approached the loch’s east end, Turner inverted the sketchbook to make a sketch of the head of the loch, with Craig Leven rock at the centre of the picture.
For more information about Turner’s visit to Loch Katrine and references to further sketches of it, see folio 47 (D26528).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 3.

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