Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tweed, in the Vale of Melrose

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
D25944
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 10

Catalogue entry

Appearing between views of Dryburgh and Melrose Abbey, which Turner visited in the same day, this sketch is likely to be of the River Tweed somewhere between the two points. Robert Cadell, who accompanied Turner on the outing, recorded in his diary that he went straight from Dryburgh to Melrose with the artist. However, they later crossed the Tweed and headed towards Leaderfoot to take views of the abbey from there.1 The present view is likely to be either looking west from near Ravenswood, made on the way to Melrose, or east from near Leaderfoot, made after visiting the abbey.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, 8 August 1831, folio 109, National Library of Scotland, MS Acc.5188, Box 1; quoted in 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, pp.382–3.

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