The publisher of Scott's Poetical Works, Robert Cadell, commissioned Turner to illustrate these new volumes. Cadell and
Sir Walter Scott collaborated in choosing
a number of subjects for Turner to illustrate. They even accompanied Turner on some
of the sketching trips in Scotland in
1831, where material for this project
Dryburgh Abbey was one of the many interesting spots close to the Border picked for Turner to illustrate. Here Turner shows the ruined abbey in a panorama which allows him to include the sweeping loop
of the River Tweed.