Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berwick Castle and the Tweed Estuary

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 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25723
Turner Bequest CCLXV 44 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted across this and folio 45 (D25724) is a sketch of part of Berwick Castle and the Tweed estuary seen from the east. Along with one of the remaining towers, the most distinctive feature of the castle is the stepped White Wall which descends the steep north bank of the Tweed. There is a similar view on folio 46 (D25726). Turner’s sketch of the town from the other side of the castle in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D26009–D26010; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 48a–49) formed the basis of his watercolour Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown).1
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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