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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Falls of Clyde: Bonnington Linn 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Falls of Clyde: Bonnington Linn 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 2
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 113 x 190 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘R’ centre
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘2’ top right and ‘340’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIX 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the second sketch that Turner made of Bonnington Linn in 1834. Following his sketch on folio 1 verso (D26260) this is a view from the north-west. Turner’s inscription ‘R’ at the centre of the sketch could stand for rock, or perhaps river. At the bottom left of the sketch is a figure, standing on the rocks at the bottom of the gorge. While this figure serves an important purpose in the sketch to indicate the scale of the waterfall, it is likely that it is a real person as the figure of a man is also included in the sketch of Corra Linn on folio 12 verso (D26282). Turner visited the waterfalls while staying with John Gibson Lockhart at his baronial residence Milton Lockhart at Rosebank by the River Clyde on 18 September 1834. Lockhart accompanied Turner to Craignethan Castle on the 19th and so may have been with in at the Falls of Clyde the day before.
For references to Turner’s other sketches of the falls, see folio 1 verso.

Thomas Ardill
February 2011

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Falls of Clyde: Bonnington Linn 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-falls-of-clyde-bonnington-linn-r1136191, accessed 23 September 2019.