The present page and folio 55 (D26544) contain sketches of the Trossachs from the head of Loch Achray to the east of the woods.1 Turner was interested in the area, as were countless tourists, because it was the setting of Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake (1810). Turner’s vignette illustration to the poem shows the Trossachs from Loch Achray, and the artist may have referred to these two sketches when making the painting in order to capture the character of the landscape: Loch Achray circa 1832 (Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection).2
The present sketch looks over the Trossachs towards Ben Venue, the summit of which can be seen at the left. Ben Venue is shown again along with Ben A’an on folio 55. For more information on Turner’s visit to the Trossachs and Loch Achray, and references to his sketches of the area, see folio 49 (D26532).
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1085; the sketch was identified by David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.