Joseph Mallord William Turner

River Oich, Fort Augustus

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 × 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26991
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 15 a

Catalogue entry

Across the top half of the page is a view north-east from Fort Augustus.1 We look along the River Oich towards the stone three-arched Old River Oich Bridge (only one arch of which still stands). To the right of the bridge is Inveroich House on Inveroich Point between the river and the Caledonian Canal. Here the river and canal flow into Loch Ness, which at the southern end is bordered by large hills. More of the town is seen in a similar view on folio 18 (D26996).
At the bottom of the page is a sketch of a ridge of hills, perhaps those on the eastern side of Loch Ness. At the centre of the page is a slight and obscure sketch that may depict rooftops.
For references to further sketches of Fort Augustus, see folio 18.

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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