Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Mouth of the Tweed from the Quay of Berwick-upon-Tweed

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D25984
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 34

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted, this view of the coast from a cliff probably shows the view from the quay at the southern corner of Berwick-upon-Tweed looking over the River Tweed near the estuary. At the left is the quay wall with a semi-circular tower or platform at its corner and a flagpole (see folio 52 verso; D26016; CCLXVII 52a). There is a very similar sketch on folio 41 (D25996; CCLXVII 41), though instead of looking south, that sketch looks east towards the breakwater. A similar composition in the Berwick sketchbook (1831) may also be linked (Tate D25717; Turner Bequest CCLXV 41a).
For more information on Turner’s visit to Berwick, see folio 48 verso (D26009; CCLXVII 48a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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