Joseph Mallord William Turner

Innerwick Castle, East Lothian


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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 10 a

Catalogue entry

A similar sketch to the one on this page, which was drawn with the book inverted, has been identified by Gerald Finley as Innerwick Castle (folio 28 verso; D25977; CCLXVII 28a).1 Here the ruins are seen from the north with Thornton Burn flowing beneath them to the left. There is another similar view on folio 58 verso (D26029; CCLXVII 60a). See folio 28 verso for more information on Turner’s visit to the site.
The inscription at the top of the page, when the sketchbook is in its usual orientation, has not been deciphered beyond Finberg’s suggestion: ‘26 12 6 Colnaghi’s Feb 5’. This reading, however, is doubtful and its meaning has not been explained. The fact that it was written with the book held in the opposite direction to the sketch suggests that was written at another time and is unconnected.

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.

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