Henry Le Keux after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Scott’s Poetical Works: Loch Coriskin

In his set of illustrations to Scott’s 'Poetical Works', Turner never refers explicitly to any of the author’s characters or incidents. Instead, he adopted a tourist’s perspective that reflects the commercial nature of the commission. Here, two small figures - Turner and his guide - exposed to the elements and balanced precariously on a rocky promontory, look over Loch Coruisk. They act as a reminder of the dangers associated with sightseeing in Scotland’s rugged mountains.

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