Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tweed near Abbotsford

1834

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 181 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26188
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 48

Catalogue entry

This small and slight sketch of a riverbank follows two sketches of Abbotsford, the neo-gothic home of Sir Walter Scott (see folio 47; D26186). It is possible that the house is depicted at the centre of this sketch, though it is too roughly drawn to be certain. The shapes of the hills in the background, however, do make a good match for the view across the Tweed from the west. See folio 47 for more information on Turner’s Abbotsford sketches.
There are pale brown stains across the top of the page, and at the top and centre of the foredge of the page.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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