Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25637
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 61

Catalogue entry

The three sketches on this page probably depict the tower and spire of the Town Hall in Berwick-upon-Tweed which was built in 1761, and features in the background of Turner’s view of the town for an illustration to volume 12 of Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (watercolour, location unknown).1 The artist made a study of the tower in the Berwick sketchbook (Tate D25658; Turner Bequest CCLXV 9a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.

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