Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berwick on Tweed, with the Bridge

1797

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 × 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00964
Turner Bequest XXXIV 56

Catalogue entry

Berwick, straddling the English-Scottish border, was an important point both for commercial traffic and for the defence of the much disputed and fought-over territory of the Borders, The view is from the southern shore of the Tweed looking north to the early seventeenth-century Old Bridge (built 1611–c.1626) across the river, and the town dominated by its spired mid-eighteenth-century town hall.
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner continued the drawing on to the next leaf, folio 60 recto (D00965; Turner Bequest XXXIV 56a), to which he added colour.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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