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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.
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.