Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey from the South-East

c.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 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26050
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 71

Catalogue entry

This is one of three views of Dryburgh Abbey from the south that formed the basis of Turner’s watercolour illustration to volume 5 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works, Dryburgh Abbey circa 1832 (Tate N05241);1 see folio 9 (D25942; CCLXVII 9). This sketch, made with the book inverted and continued on folio 68 verso (D26049; CCLXVII 70a), moves to the east of the previous view, so that the south transept of the abbey (the most intact part) is seen from an oblique angle, and more of the chapter house is visible to its right. The Tweed flows in front of and around the abbey, and part of the Eildon Hills are seen at the left of the present page, with Wallace’s monument seen in the distance at the right of folio 68 verso.

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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