Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Haddington

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25966
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 22

Catalogue entry

The church in this sketch can be identified as St Mary’s Collegiate Church at Haddington by comparison with sketches on folio 44 and 45 verso (D26000, D26003; CCLXVII 44, 45a), which were identified by Gerald Finley.1 Here the church is seen from across the River Tyne to the south-east. To the right of St Mary’s is Nungate Bridge. A boat with several figures is shown on the nearside of the river, and there is a waxing crescent moon in the sky at the top left and reflected in the water beneath.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Gerald E. Finley, ‘J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott: Iconography of a Tour’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol.31, 1972, p.385.

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