Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views 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: 101 x 158 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26640
Turner Bequest CCLXXI 11 a

Catalogue entry

The two sketches on this page are of Loch Katrine.1 The larger sketch, made with the book held so that the gutter is at the bottom, is of the east end of Loch Katrine from the north shore, looking towards Ben Venue. Turner made a number of sketches of the same view in the Stirling and the West sketchbook, the closest of which to the present sketch is Tate D26507 (Turner Bequest CCLXX 36a). With the sketchbook inverted is another view of Loch Katrine, inscribed ‘Kat’, this time from the south looking across the loch to Ben A’an and the east end of the loch. There is a similar view in the Stirling and the West sketchbook (Tate D26521; Turner Bequest CCLXX 43a).
There are further sketches of Loch Katrine on folios 14 and 16 verso of this sketchbook (D26645, D26650) and a possible view on folio 11 (D26639). For more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Katrine, see Tate D26528 (Turner Bequest CCLXX 47).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and In Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 8.

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