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The two sketches and five studies on this page are of Invergarry Castle on the western shore of Loch Oich, about seven miles south-south-west of Fort Augustus. Turner made these sketches as he approached the castle by water from the south. The first sketch he made was at the bottom of the page (the fore-edge) and was drawn with the sketchbook inverted. The castle is seen here from a distance and is therefore depicted in outline only. Turner flipped the sketchbook around for his next drawing, making a sketch of the same view at the page gutter, though this time with a little more detail in the castle ruins and the shape of the rocks.
As the boat Turner was travelling on approached the castle, the artist made four studies of the ruins. The first is the sketch at the centre left of the page, which shows the different parts of the remains and indicates the windows. Several trees are included at the left to provide a sense of scale. As he passed the castle Turner made three further studies, two to the right and one faint sketch at the very top of the page. There is also a study at the right of the page (drawn with the sketchbook inverted) of an unknown building which David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan have suggested may be either at Laggan or Invergarry.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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