Joseph Mallord William Turner

Goldielands Tower, Near Hawick

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25920
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 88 a

Catalogue entry

This second view of Goldielands Tower was made from the south bank of the River Teviot on a bend in its course between Martin’s Bridge and Langland’s Bridge. The sketchbook is inverted and the tower is represented as a simple box shape at the right of the picture. At the bottom left is a corner of a stonework structure and the inscription ‘Spring or well nr Hawick’. Unlike his sketch of Goldielands on folio 87 verso (D25918), Turner utilised the pre-prepared grey wash on this page for enhanced tonal effects, scratching away the paint in the foreground to create highlights and show the movement of the water and to highlight the tower. There are three further sketches of Goldielands Tower on folio 89 (D25921).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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