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: 59 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25682
Turner Bequest CCLXV 23

Catalogue entry

David Wallace-Hadrill has suggested that this sketch may be of Hailes Castle, near East Linton in East Lothian.1 The sketch does to some extent resemble Hailes from the south, but a sketch on folio 24 (D25684), obviously of the same structure, can be confidently identified as Innerwick Castle from the south-west, making this a more probable identification of the present sketch. Both are recognisable from a photograph of the castle ruins held in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland archive.2 There is also a similar view in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D25988; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 36).
For references to further sketches of Innerwick Castle, see folio 8 (D25655).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Berwick CCLXV checklist’, [circa 1992], Tate catalogue files.
2
‘Innerwick Castle’, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (website), accessed May 2010, < http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/58912/details/innerwick+castle/ >.

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