Joseph Mallord William Turner

Borthwick Castle

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13551
Turner Bequest CLXVI 52

Catalogue entry

This is one of a number of similar view of Borthwick Castle from the north-west that Turner made in preparation for his illustration of the subject for Scott’s Provincial Antiquities (see folio 28; D13503). In this version the castle is very roughly depicted, although Turner has taken care to indicate its twin-towered western façade. As with several other sketches, though not the final watercolour – Borthwick Castle, 1818 (watercolour, Indianapolis Museum of Art) –1 the castle is here framed by trees on both sides with the River Gore in the foreground. Turner may have reached Borthwick via Dalkeith which is depicted on the previous page.

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1060.

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