Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashestiel from the East Along the River Tweed


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 86 a

Catalogue entry

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.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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.

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