Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Hawthornden Castle Seen from the Bank of the North Esk River

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02664
Turner Bequest LIV 41 a

Catalogue entry

Since it occurs in a sequence of drawings of Roslin, the presumption must be that this rapid sketch, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, represents either the castle there, or one close by. It does not seem to be Roslin, and is perhaps Hawthornden, a mile to the north-east on the same river. The drawing on folio 42 recto opposite (D02665) apparently shows the same place. Views at or near Roslin occupy folios 39 verso–49 verso (D02660–D02679).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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