After visiting Ashestiel Turner continued to sketch the house and the view west along the River Tweed as he left by carriage. This sketch was made when Turner asked for the carriage to be stopped for a second time as Robert Cadell, who was with the artist, recalled: ‘Mr Turner again left about half a mile farther on by a ford – a few minutes brought him back’.1 The ford is near Ashestiel Bridge where the Glenkinnon Burn enters the Tweed.
The house itself is visible on the bank at the left. There is a small detailed view on folio 85 (D26082; CCLXVII 87), which also contains a similar view along the Tweed, though from a little higher up the bank and closer to Ashestiel.
Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, 5 August 1831, 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, p.379.
- River Tweed(107)