Joseph Mallord William Turner

Horsburgh Castle or Cardrona Tower near Innerleithen

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26120
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 14

Catalogue entry

This landscape, with a ruined tower and a river and ridge of hills beyond, is likely to be associated with adjacent sketches in this book. The best match is perhaps Horsburgh Castle near the hamlet of Glentress, as depicted on folios 11 verso–12 verso (D26115–D26117), though Cardrona Tower, depicted on folios 13–13 verso (D26118–D26119), is another possibility.
The ruin may be depicted again in the sketch at the top of the page. The shape at the left bears a resemblance to both castles; see folios 12 and 13 for comparison.

Thomas Ardill
December 2010

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