Joseph Mallord William Turner

Innerwick Castle, East Linton; and Berwick Castle


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 60 a

Catalogue entry

The main sketch on this page bears a close resemblance to the sketch on folio 28 verso (D22977; CCLXVII 28a) which Gerald Finley has identified as Innerwick Castle.1 The ruin sits at the top of a rocky cliff and is seen here from across the glen to the north. There is another similar view on folio 10 verso (D25945; CCLXVII 10a).
At the left of the page with the sketchbook turned to the right is a small sketch of part of the remains of Berwick Castle from the west. Turner made a series of studies of Berwick-upon-Tweed from this position in preparation for his watercolour Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown),2 engraved for volume 12 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works. See folio 48 verso (D26009; CCLXVII 48a) for more information.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Gerald E. Finley, ‘J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott: Iconography of a Tour’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol.35, 1972, p.367 note 51.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.

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