Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridge over the Yarrow Water at Dryhope or Yarrow, Selkirkshire; and Ramsgate


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 31 a

Catalogue entry

The main sketch across this page of a landscape with hills and a bridge was made in the Yarrow Valley in Selkirkshire. The bridge is likely to be either near the source of the Yarrow Water at St Mary’s Loch near Dryhope (see folio 31; D26154), or a little further east at the village of Yarrow (folio 34; D26160).
Turner later utilised the space at the bottom left of the page for a small sketch of the Kent town of ‘Ramsgate’. Sketches scattered throughout this sketchbook depict views of the east coast of England from the sea, suggesting that the artist returned from Scotland by sea. His visit to Kent, however, may have been made by steamboat from the Thames on a later occasion. There are further sketches of the Thames Estuary and the coast of Kent on folio 2 verso (D26098).
This view shows the entrance to the harbour with a lighthouse at the left and the rounded end of the pier at the right. In the town beyond is the outline of St George’s Church. Ramsgate was familiar to Turner from several previous visits. A sketch in the Hastings to Margate sketchbook, 1815–16, has a similar composition to the present sketch (Tate D10576; Turner Bequest CXL 85), as does a sketch in the Gravesend and Margate sketchbook, 1832, (Tate D27339; Turner Bequest CCLXXIX 39).

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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