Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abbotsford from the South-West


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 69 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a view of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford from the south-west. Turner made views of the houses from every point of the compass (folios 15 verso–18; D25955–D25960, D26046–D26048; CCLXVII 15a–18, 16–70). Some of these may have been made on 5 August 1831 when Robert Cadell reported in his diary: ‘Mr Turner and I stood out on one of the terraces to try to catch the best view of Abbotsford’.1
At the left of the page is a slight continuation from folio 68 (D26048; CCLXVII 70). It is unclear what the scribbles in the foreground represent.
See folio 16 verso (D25957; CCLXVII 16a) for further information on Turner’s sketches of Abbotsford.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, Friday 5 August 1831, National Library of Scotland, MS Acc. 5188, Box 12, folio 104; transcribed in Gerald E. Finley, ‘J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott: Iconography of a Tour’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol.35, 1972, p.378.

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