Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berwick-upon-Tweed

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25725
Turner Bequest CCLXV 45 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted are two views of Berwick Bridge (or the Old Bridge) which spans the River Tweed at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Both views are from the north bank of the Tweed to the west of the bridge near the remains of Berwick Castle. In fact the stepped White Wall of the Castle can be seen at the left of the lower sketch.
At the bottom of the page is a small study of one of the pillars and buttresses between the arches of the bridge. There is another study of the bridge on folio 46 (D25726), where this feature is more apparent.
For references to further sketches of Berwick in this sketchbook, see folio 13 verso (D25665).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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