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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ben Venue from Loch Achray 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 53 Recto:
Ben Venue from Loch Achray 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXX 53
Pencil on white wove paper, 201 x 125 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘53’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXX – 53’ top left inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Considering the proximity in this sketchbook to views of Loch Achray and the Trossachs, the two sketches of mountain profiles on this page are likely to be of Ben Venue as seen from the northern end of Loch Achray. The top sketch shows most of the mountain while the bottom sketch shows just its summit and northern shoulder. Ben Venue features as a major landmark of Turner’s sketches of Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, and was included in the watercolours he painted of both subjects as illustrations for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works. See folios 47 and 49 (D26528, D26532) for further details.

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Ben Venue from Loch Achray 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, 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-loch-achray-r1134974, accessed 18 January 2021.