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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Verso:
Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 41a
Pencil on off-white laid writing paper, 183 x 150 mm irregular
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Fall’ centre, ‘Fall at Glen Lia’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inscribed ‘Fall at Glen Lia’ by Turner, this sketch depicts the Falls of Foyers on the eastern shore of Loch Ness. Made from or near the bridge over the Upper Fall at Glen Lia, this sketch looks north along the River Foyers towards the Lower ‘Fall’ and out to Loch Ness. There are similar views of Loch Ness from the top of the falls on folios 42 and 42 verso–43 (D27037–D27039). A few marks at the lower right of the sketch may represent a figure looking down at the waterfall.
Turner, along with his fellow passengers, stopped at Foyers on a scheduled stop during his journey north by steamboat up Loch Ness. More tourists are depicted on folio 40 verso (D27034). Turner made over twenty sketches of the waterfalls, see folio 40 verso for references.

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-falls-of-foyers-and-loch-ness-r1135401, accessed 27 May 2022.