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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of a Landscape with the Moon and a Bridge: ?Aberfoyle 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Recto:
Sketches of a Landscape with the Moon and a Bridge: ?Aberfoyle 1831
D26564
Turner Bequest CCLXX 65
Pencil on white wove paper, 201 x 125 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘moon’ top right
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘65’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXX – 65’ top left inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are three sketches on this page, the top two of which continue on folio 64 verso (D26563). The top and bottom sketches both include a full ‘moon’ low in the sky at the right. At the left of the top sketch is a bridge with two visible arches and hills in the distance. If the sketch on folio 64 verso is really of Loch Ard then these sketches may have been made at the nearby village of Aberfoyle which has a bridge like this (see also folio 66; D26566). However, it is not certain that Turner went as far as Loch Ard and Aberfoyle in 1831, though he certainly did visit the area in 1834.

Thomas Ardill
June 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Sketches of a Landscape with the Moon and a Bridge: ?Aberfoyle 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-sketches-of-a-landscape-with-the-moon-and-a-bridge-aberfoyle-r1134998, accessed 20 January 2021.