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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant Mountains - Pass of Leny or Loch Ard 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Recto:
Distant Mountains – Pass of Leny or Loch Ard 1834
D26329
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 36
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[...] church’ upper centre
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘36’ top right and ‘340’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIX 36’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are six sketches on this page, one drawn across the top of the page with the book held in the landscape format, and five drawn down the other half of the page with the book turned to the left. The bottom two depict a distant mountain seen from across a loch. The profile of the mountain resembles Ben Lomond as seen from across Loch Ard. Turner made a sketch of this view in the Loch Ard sketchbook: Tate D26677 (Turner Bequest CCLXXII 6).
This is one of four pages of sketches of mountain scenery: folios 35–36 verso (D26327–D26330). While some of the sketches resemble Loch Ard, others appear to have been made at the Pass of Leny, making it difficult to identify these sketches with certainty.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Distant Mountains – Pass of Leny or Loch Ard 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, 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-distant-mountains-pass-of-leny-or-loch-ard-r1136259, accessed 01 December 2020.