J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Ben A'an From the Landing to Goblin's Cave, Loch Katrine 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
Ben A’an From the Landing to Goblin’s Cave, Loch Katrine 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXX 44a
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 201 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘W Caus’ bottom left and ‘Landing to the Goblin’s Cave’ bottom
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of five sketches of Ben A’an from across Loch Katrine to the south (see folios 42 verso–44; D26519–D26522).1 The present view was taken, as Turner’s inscription tells us, from the ‘landing to Goblins cave’. This is another name for Coir nan Uriskin, a corrie or cirque (basin formation in a mountain) at the northern slope of Ben Venue, which Turner sketched and made a note of on folio 32 (D26498). The bay and landing are shown in the foreground with a boat drawn up on the sand attended by several figures, and across the loch is the distinctive profile of Ben A’an.
For more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Katrine and references to the sketches he made of it, see folio 47 (D26528).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Ben A’an From the Landing to Goblin’s Cave, Loch Katrine 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ben-aan-from-the-landing-to-goblins-cave-loch-katrine-r1134957, accessed 29 July 2021.