This is one of several sketches of Hermitage Castle from the south-east. The view is similar to folio 63 verso (D25886), though it brings us closer to the castle and to the Hermitage Water. There is a detailed drawing of the castle from this angle on folio 64 verso (D25888), which more clearly demonstrates the damage to the eastern elevation.
There are sketches of the castle on folios 63 verso–67 and 68 verso (D25886–D25893, D25896). Despite Finberg’s suggestion that the present page was the basis for Turner’s illustration of Hermitage Castle circa 1832 (watercolour, private collection) for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works,1 the work was clearly based on the sketch on folio 67.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1077.
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