Joseph Mallord William Turner

Innerwick Castle; and Haddington Church

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25684
Turner Bequest CCLXV 24

Catalogue entry

At the top half of the page is a sketch of Innerwick Castle, which Turner visited on 11 August 1831 (see Tate D26003; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 45a). The view, labelled ‘inn’, is from the south-west. Turner made several sketches of the castle ruins from this angle in the current sketchbook (folio 23; D25682), and in the Abbotsford book (Tate D25988; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 36). There is another view of the castle on folio 8 of the current sketchbook (D25655).
With the book inverted is a sketch of Haddington Church. Turner passed through Haddington on his way to Edinburgh from Berwick-upon-Tweed, having visited Innerwick. He probably made this rapid sketch, and perhaps another on folio 13 (D25664) before working up several more detailed studies in the Abbotsford sketchbook (see Tate D26003; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 45a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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