Joseph Mallord William Turner

Borthwick Castle

1818

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13714
Turner Bequest CLXVII 71

Catalogue entry

Approaching Borthwick Castle from the north-west Turner made two distant sketches of the castle, recording its landscape setting (see also folio 78; D13712; CLXVII 70). We look along the Gore Water winding towards and around the castle which is nestled between low hills. Borthwick Church is beyond and to the right. The castle is identifiable by its distinctive cube shape, with its western side cut into two parallel towers.

Thomas Ardill
May 2008

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