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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ben Venue from Across Loch Katrine 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 46 Verso:
Ben Venue from Across Loch Katrine 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXX 46a
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 201 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From the path on the north shore of Loch Katrine towards the east end, this sketch looks south across the water towards Ben Venue with Ellen’s Isle (Eilean Molach) just right of centre. This is one of a number of sketches of the mountain from this point. These include folio 47 (D26528) which became the basis for Turner’s watercolour Loch Katrine circa 1832 (British Museum),1 engraved in 1834 to illustrate volume 8 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, The Lady of the Lake. See also folios 45 verso, 46, 48 (D26525, D26526, D26530).
The present sketch is particularly close to folio 45 verso, though made from a little further to the west.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.429 no.1084.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Ben Venue from Across Loch Katrine 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-venue-from-across-loch-katrine-r1134961, accessed 25 February 2021.