Looking west along Glencoe,1 this sketch was made from the road beneath Beinn Fhada, the most easterly of the Three Sisters (which are three distinctive ridges of the mountain Bidean nam Bian), to the south of Glencoe. The Three Sisters tower above to the left with the Notched Ridge (Aonach Eagach) to the right. This is one of a series of sketches looking west along Glencoe: folios 10–11, 17 verso, 18 and 33 (D26763–D26765, 26775, D26776, D26804). It is tempting to think that these were all made on Turner’s return journey from Glencoe to Ballachulish, while the views looking east (see folio 2; D26750 for references) were made on the outwards journey, though the artist could of course have looked east and west as he travelled along the glen.
Identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner’s Journey from Oban to Inverness, 1831’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files, [folios 7, 14].