Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Upper Fall of Foyers from the Bridge

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 150 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27021
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 31 a

Catalogue entry

Foyers Upper Fall is recognisable here by the pool and the weir above the waterfall. The view, as David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan suggest, must be from the bridge above the falls, which Turner depicts in several of his sketches of Foyers (see folio 40; D27033).1 The sketch is quite detailed and Turner used a variety of pencil lines, flourishes and shading to represent the falling and foaming water as it bubbled over the weir and raced down the waterfall.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

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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