Joseph Mallord William Turner

Borthwick Castle

1818

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13726
Turner Bequest CLXVII 77

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this view of Borthwick Castle was taken from the north bank of the River Gore, and looks towards a row of houses in front of Borthwick Castle; the house on the right is visible in Turner’s watercolour for the Provincial Antiquities: Borthwick Castle, 1818 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1
Turner made views of the castle from every viewpoint in preparation for his illustration in Scott’s Provincial Antiquities, selecting a view from the north-west as the basis for his design (see folio 84; D13724; CLXVII 76).

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.425–6 no.1060.

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