Joseph Mallord William Turner

Innerwick Castle, East Lothian

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: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25655
Turner Bequest CCLXV 8

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the left is a view of Innerwick Castle from the north. The castle ruins stand at the top of a deep glen overlooking Thornton Burn, East Lothian. There is a similar view in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D25977; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 28a) in which he took a number of views (Tate D25945, D25978, D25979, D25988, D26017; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 10a, 29, 29a, 36, 53). Turner also made further sketches of Innerwick on folios 23, 24, 33 and 60 of the current sketchbook (D25682, D25684, D25701, D25750).
Turner visited Innerwick Castle on 11 or 12 August 1831 on his way from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh (see D25977; CCLXVII 28a for more information).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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