Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bell Tower, Berwick-upon-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: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25693
Turner Bequest CCLXV 29

Catalogue entry

The two sketches on this page are of the Bell Tower on the medieval town wall of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Having seen the structure from a distance and included it in his study of Berwick (D26009–D26010; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 48a–49) which he was to use as the basis of his watercolour, Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown),1 Turner made his way to the structure in order to make close-up studies. These are both roughly from the west and the larger study at the centre of the page probably contributed to the appearance of this object in Turner’s watercolour.
For references to further sketches of Berwick in this sketchbook see folio 13 verso (D25665).

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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