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This is the eastern façade of Neidpath Castle near Peebles, as seen from just outside the gateway with the remains of the bakehouse at the left. A twist of the River Tweed can be seen at the right with the high banks of the river beyond. A drawing by Alexander Archer of the Front View of Nidpath Castle, 1834 (Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland), made just over a month before Turner’s drawing, provides a useful comparison to this sketch.
There is a sketch from further away to the east on the reverse of this page (folio 5; D26103). Turner made ten sketches of the castle in total (see folio 5 for references and further information).
There are light brown stains across the right of this page.