Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hermitage Castle, Near Hawick

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25886
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 63 a

Catalogue entry

The first of Turner’s sketches of Hermitage Castle is this view from the south-east with the Hermitage Water to the left and Hermitage Hill in the background. The majority of Turner’s sketches of the castle were from the south-east, and can be found on folios 64, 64 verso, 65, 66 and 66 verso (D25887, D25888, D25889, D25891, D25892). Other views appear on some of these pages and on 65 verso and 67 (D25893, D25890), which formed the basis of Turner’s illustration of Hermitage Castle circa 1832 (watercolour, private collection) for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works.1

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1077.

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