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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ben A'an from the West End of Loch Achray 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Verso:
Ben A’an from the West End of Loch Achray 1831
D26535
Turner Bequest CCLXX 50a
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 201 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although David Wallace-Hadrill listed this sketch as ‘Ben Venue’ in an unpublished article,1 the peak shown in this sketch is clearly Ben A’an, as he noted correctly elsewhere in his notes.2 The distinctive peak is recognisable from other sketches from the west end of Loch Achray (folio 51; D26536), and is seen here above the hills to the north of the loch. The west end of Loch Achray is seen in the foreground.
At the bottom left of the page is a small sketch of a loch with hills surrounding it. This may be the view east across Loch Achray. For more information on Turner’s visit to Loch Achray, see folio 49 (D26832).

Thomas Ardill
October 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill and Janet Carolan, ‘Turner Round the Clyde and in Islay – 1831’, 1991, Tate catalogue files, folio 4.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Clyde checklist’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Ben A’an from the West End of Loch Achray 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-west-end-of-loch-achray-r1134969, accessed 28 January 2022.