Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Foot of Ben Venue from the East End of Loch Katrine

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 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26490
Turner Bequest CCLXX 28

Catalogue entry

Turner made this sketch of the rocky foot of Ben Venue from the east end of Loch Katrine. The mountain’s summit can be seen at the top right of the sketch, inscribed ‘B Venue’. The inscription at the lower left of the page is illegible, though David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that it may say ‘?Croil Back’ or ‘Coille Beg’.1 In either case it seems to be an attempt by Turner to make a phonetic transcription of a Gaelic place name. The place depicted is near to Coir-nan-Uriskin, or Goblin’s Cave, which is depicted on folio 32 (D26498) where there is another transcription.
For more information about Turner’s visit to Loch Katrine and references to further sketches of it, see folio 47 (D26528).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, Turner Round the Clyde and In Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio2.

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