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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Loch Linnhe from the Entrance to the Caledonian Canal at Corpach 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Loch Linnhe from the Entrance to the Caledonian Canal at Corpach 1831
D26768
Turner Bequest CCLXXIII 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 116 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘13’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXIII 13’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch has been identified as showing the view south down Loch Linnhe from Corpach, Fort William. At the left, on the east side of the loch, are the foothills of Ben Nevis beneath which is the town of Fort William. Along with a boat tied up at the quay in the foreground, it has been suggested that there is a canal lock, making this a view from the entrance to the Caledonian Canal. Turner boarded a steamer from here which brought him up the canal to Inverness. Also in the foreground is a figure standing with its back to us admiring the same view.
For further sketches made around Fort William see folio 8 verso (D26760).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Loch Linnhe from the Entrance to the Caledonian Canal at Corpach 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-loch-linnhe-from-the-entrance-to-the-caledonian-canal-at-r1135126, accessed 18 May 2022.