Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Shore of ?Loch Katrine With a Rainbow

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: 101 × 158 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26639
Turner Bequest CCLXXI 11

Catalogue entry

Although David Wallace-Hadrill wrote in an unpublished note that this sketch is likely to be of Loch Katrine,1 there is little other than the inscription on the back of the page (‘Kat’) (folio 11 verso; D26640) to indicate that this is the location of the sketch. In fact the landscape is unlike the shore of Loch Katrine, which is much more mountainous. The main interest in the drawing, however, is in the rainbow indicated by five arched lines in the sky, which is filled with clouds – a detail often left out of Turner’s pencil sketches. The landscape shows a path along the side of a loch or some other body of water. There may be a figure in the middle distance.
Sketches of Loch Katrine are on folios 11 verso, 14 and 16 verso (D26640, D26645, D26650).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘“Loch Long” (CCLXXI)’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

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