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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ben Lomond, Twilight 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
Ben Lomond, Twilight 1801
Watercolour on white wove paper, 114 x 184 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil in a modern hand ‘38d.’ top left
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry for page ‘38a. Ben Lomond’1 would normally imply the verso of folio 38 (the recto of the present leaf, D41242, which he numbered LVI 38).2 However, in this case Finberg appears to have intended the ‘a’ suffix to signify an addendum number for the Ben Lomond subject on the page now bound opposite (folio 39 recto; D41244; Turner Bequest LVI 38a). In the confusion he appears to have neglected to record the present page, and in a memorandum dated 14 January 1914, he noted: ‘sketch on back of p.38 should really be 38a, & what is printed as 38a, i.e. Ben Lomond, should be 38d’.3
For further discussion, see the technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Revised by Matthew Imms
April 2015

A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.145.
Ibid., p.144.
MS note by Finberg in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p. 144.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Ben Lomond, Twilight 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, revised by Matthew Imms, April 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ben-lomond-twilight-r1179179, accessed 23 January 2022.