Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Mary’s Loch, Selkirkshire

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26141
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 24 a

Catalogue entry

This quick sketch depicting the outline of hills with a bay of water in the foreground is one of a group of sketches made at St Mary’s Loch in Selkirkshire: folios 24–28 (D26140–D26148). The view was likely to have been taken from the road beneath Capper Law, at the north end of the loch between St Mary’s Churchyard and the settlement of Cappercleuch. The bay in the foreground is where the Megget Water flows into the loch, with Bridge End Hill above it. Most of the sketches of the loch show a similar view.
For the context of Turner’s visit to St Mary’s Loch, see folio 24 (D26130) and Edinburgh sketchbook 1834 Introduction.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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