Joseph Mallord William Turner

Looking South-East from the Summit of Ben Arthur

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: 125 × 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26555
Turner Bequest CCLXX 60 a

Catalogue entry

This view has been identified as looking south-east from the summit of Ben Arthur.1 The view is framed at the right by the shoulder of the rocky summit of the mountain, and we look over Loch Long to Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. Turner made another sketch from the mountain’s summit on folio 33 of this sketchbook (D26500), and continued to sketch as he descended the eastern slopes of the mountain towards Loch Long (folios 59–61; D26552–D26556).

Thomas Ardill
November 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 6 and ‘checklist’.

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