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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Loch Ness from the Falls of Foyers 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Recto:
Loch Ness from the Falls of Foyers 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXXVI 42
Pencil on off-white laid writing paper, 150 x 183 mm irregular
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Lia B’ upper-centre left
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘42’ top left running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXVI 42’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn from the top of the Falls of Foyers on the eastern shore of Loch Ness, this sketch depicts the view north along the River Foyers to Loch Ness. The sketch may be inscribed at the upper centre left ‘Lia B’, probably referring to the bridge over the Upper Fall at Glen Lia, from where this sketch is likely to have been made, along with sketches on folios 41 verso and 42 verso–43 (D27036, D27038–D27039).
Turner made sketches from above and below the two waterfalls during a scheduled stop at Foyers on his steamboat journey up Loch Ness towards Inverness. For references to his other sketches see folio 40 verso (D27034).

Thomas Ardill
April 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Loch Ness from the Falls of Foyers 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-ness-from-the-falls-of-foyers-r1135402, accessed 26 September 2021.