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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Loch Achray with Ben A'an; and the Trossachs 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 52 Verso:
Loch Achray with Ben A’an; and the Trossachs 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXX 52a
Pencil on white wove paper, 201 x 125 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Blue bay’ upper right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The lower of these two sketches is identifiable by the distinctive peak of Ben A’an as seen from the northern end of Loch Achray; see for comparison folio 50 verso (D26535). The other sketch on the page is therefore likely to show the wooded Trossachs which lie between Loch Achray and Loch Katrine. David Wallace-Hadrill suggested that there may be gravestones in the foreground of the picture,1 though these are perhaps more likely to be boulders in the Achray Water. The inscription at the left appears to read ‘Blue bay’, presumably referring to part of the nearby loch. For references to further sketches around Loch Achray and the Trossachs in this sketchbook see folio 49 (D26532).

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Islay sketches “St & West sketchbook” CCLXX’, [circa 1991], Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Loch Achray with Ben A’an; and the Trossachs 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-loch-achray-with-ben-aan-and-the-trossachs-r1134973, accessed 25 June 2021.