Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey and the River Tweed

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
D00929
Turner Bequest XXXIV 23

Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally; this sheet appears to have been rebound in the wrong position in the book. David Hill identifies the subject as Dryburgh seen from near St Boswell’s. Another drawing of Dryburgh is on folio 66 recto (D00971; Turner Bequest XXXIV 62). In the early 1830s Turner was to make a watercolour of an even grander panorama of this picturesque spot (Tate N05241),1 including the whole sweep of the bend of the Tweed that almost encircles Dryburgh, for Scott’s Poetical Works, vol.V (Tate impressions: T04950, T05141).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1078, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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