Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13490
Turner Bequest CLXVI 21 a

Catalogue entry

This view of a town (continued on folio 22; D13491) bisected by a river, and joined by a multi-arched bridge has incongruously been identified by Finberg as Dunbar.1 While David Wallace-Hadrill has followed Finberg in noting the drawing as ‘Dunbar (F[inberg])’, his notes have also been annotated in another hand (probably by Janet Carolan) with the suggestion, ‘Berwick?’.2 If we consider views of Berwick-upon-Tweed (rather than North Berwick), which Turner travelled through on his northward journey, then the river and bridge fit. In fact, Turner’s Berwick-Upon-Tweed, circa 1832 (watercolour, location unknown),3 may provide a similar view of the town although taken from the other side of the bridge. On the left of the watercolour, and the right of this sketch (folio 22), is a tower that forms part of Berwick Castle. We therefore stand on the west bank of the Tweed, looking north towards the castle.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.482, CLXVI 21a.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, unpublished notes, [circa 1989–94], Tate catalogue files
3
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.

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