Although David Wallace-Hadrill wrote in an unpublished note that this sketch is likely to be of Loch Katrine,1 there is little other than the inscription on the back of the page (‘Kat’) (folio 11 verso; D26640) to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.
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘“Loch Long” (CCLXXI)’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.