Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ashestiel From the River Tweed

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D26086
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 89

Catalogue entry

Robert Cadell reports in his diary how he and Turner, on arriving at Sir Walter Scott’s former residence of Ashestiel, took a rowing boat out onto the Tweed so that Turner could ‘see the house still further down from his first sketch’.1 This first sketch, made by Turner while Cadell ‘held an umbrella over him’2 was made from the Tweed a few metres to the west of Ashestiel, and facing east up the river with the house on the south bank at the very right of the page. There is a similar view on folio 86 verso (D26085; CCLXVII 88a).
For further information on Turner’s sketches of Ashestiel see folio 88 (D26088; CCLXVII 90).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, 5 August 1831, quoted in Finley 1972, p.378.
2
Ibid.

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