Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abbotsford, the River Front

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26046
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 69

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a view of Abbotsford from near the River Tweed to the north-west. As Anne Lyles has commented: ‘The view [...] shows how Scott had incorporated into the exterior of the building many traditional features from old Scottish buildings such as crow-stepped gables and distinctive corner turrets.’1 At the top of the page are several small and slight sketches of architectural features. The inscriptions have not been deciphered.
Turner sketched the house from many angles (see folio 67 verso; D26047; CCLXVII 16a for full details).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Lyles 1992, pp.43–4.

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