after Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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After Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Line engraving on paper
Image: 80 × 148 mm
Purchased 1988

Display caption

The publisher of Scott's Poetical Works, Robert Cadell, commissioned Turner to illustrate these new volumes. Cadell and
Sir Walter Scott collaborated in choosing
a number of subjects for Turner to illustrate. They even accompanied Turner on some
of the sketching trips in Scotland in
1831, where material for this project
was collected.


Dryburgh Abbey was one of the many interesting spots close to the Border picked for Turner to illustrate. Here Turner shows the ruined abbey in a panorama which allows him to include the sweeping loop
of the River Tweed.


Gallery label, June 2002

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Catalogue entry

[from] Scott's ‘Poetical Works’ pub.1833–4 [T04947-T04960; T05134-T05145; complete]

Twelve line-engravings, by various engravers and in various states, comprising twelve subjects out of a total of twenty-four; various papers and sizes; some stamped with Turner studio blind stamp
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery
Lit: Mordechai Omer, Turner and the Poets, exh. cat., Marble Hill House 1975; Gerald Finley, Landscapes of Memory: Turner as Illustrator to Scott, 1980; Turner in Scotland, exh. cat., Aberdeen Art Gallery 1982; Andrew Wilton, Turner in his Time, 1987; John Gage. J.M.W. Turner: 'A Wonderful Range of Mind', 1987

For details of the series see introduction to T04947-T04960. The engravers responsible for the plates in this group were: William Miller (1796–1882), Edward Goodall (1795–1870), Robert Wallis (1794–1878), James Tibbetts Willmore (1800–63) and William John Cooke (1797–1865).

T05141 Dryburgh Abbey engr. W. Miller, pub.1833

Line-engraving 80 × 148 (3 1/8 × 5 13/16) on India paper laid on wove paper 276 × 434 (10 7/8 × 17 1/16); plate-mark 150 × 207 (5 7/8 × 8 1/8)
Engraved inscriptions: ‘J M W Turner R A’ below image b.l., ‘W. Miller.’ below image b.r., ‘Edinburgh 1833, R, Cadell, & Moon, Boys & Graves, London’ below image at bottom centre; Turner studio blind stamp b.l. of image
Prov: As for T05134
Exh: Tate Gallery 1989–90 (74, repr.)
Lit: As for T04950

For publication details and original watercolour see T04950

Published in:
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996


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