After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Borthwick Castle 1819

Artwork details

Borthwick Castle
Date 1819
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 161 x 245 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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In 1818 Turner was commissioned to illustrate Sir Walter Scott's Provincial Antiquities of Scotland. Engravings of Turner's watercolours were to accompany Scott's historical descriptions of Scottish sites. Turner had already visited many
of the locations in 1801. However in
1818 he made another visit to gather material for this project.


The castle dates from around 1430. It lies alongside the River Gore in the countryside south-east of Edinburgh. Scott celebrated Borthwick Castle as 'one of the most beautiful and entire specimens of
castle-architecture in Scotland'.


August 2004

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