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Berwick, straddling the English-Scottish border, was an important point both for commercial traffic and for the defence of the much disputed and fought-over territory of the Borders, The view is from the southern shore of the Tweed looking north to the early seventeenth-century Old Bridge (built 1611–c.1626) across the river, and the town dominated by its spired mid-eighteenth-century town hall.
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner continued the drawing on to the next leaf, folio 60 recto (D00965; Turner Bequest XXXIV 56a), to which he added colour.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.