Joseph Mallord William TurnerHawick 1831

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From Rokeby and Appleby Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXIV
Date 1831
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 74 x 94 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 22
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Hawick 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘22’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIV – 22’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Across folios 21 verso (D25564) and the present page is a sketch of a town with the junction of two rivers. A likely candidate for this sketch is the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders as the preceding page of this sketchbook contains a sketch of Goldielands Tower, which Turner sketched on his way to Hawick (folio 21; D25563). Here the Stirling Water branches off the River Teviot, and a view of Hawick from Millers Knowes to the east of the tower would provide this kind of view of the town and two rivers.
The confluence of the two rivers is seen at the lower centre of the present page with the Stirling Water branching off the Teviot and continuing on folio 21 verso. The hills in the distance are Wiltonburn, Borthaugh and Branxholmpark hills, which lie to the southwest of Hawick.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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