Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25943
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 9 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted, this view of Dryburgh Abbey from across the River Tweed to the south closely resembles the sketch on folio 9 (D25942; CCLXVII 9). The slight change in viewpoint, however, brings the abbey in the present sketch closer to the watercolour that Turner made of the subject: Dryburgh Abbey circa 1832, (Tate N05241).1 Beyond the abbey at the left are the peaks of the Eildon Hills, and at the right the Wallace Statue (commissioned by the eleventh Earl of Buchan) stands on a rise on the north bank of the Tweed. In Turner’s day it was painted white (though is now unpainted) and would have been more prominent. It can be seen in Turner’s watercolour above the abbey to the right.
See folio 9 for reference to other sketches of Dryburgh.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1078.

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