Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tweed, with Rainbow

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
D25947
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 11 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg has identified this sketch as the River ‘Tweed, with [a] Rainbow’.1 The sketch falls between views of Melrose in the sketchbook, and an inscription on the page may read ‘Galash’, suggesting that this is a view of Galashiels from Melrose. Other inscriptions note colours and tones: ‘Grey’, ‘w[hite]’, ‘B’ [brown or blue], ‘Red’ and ‘Dark’. The rainbow is indicated by two arcs at the centre of the page. Turner visited Melrose on 8 August 1831.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.857.

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