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 63 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Jedburgh from the south-east across the Jed water includes Jedburgh Abbey with Newgate to its right, Abbey Bridge beneath it, and Jedburgh Castle Jail, which has been brought forward in the sketch. The castle also appears in the little outline sketch at the top left of the page. This sketch, and two similar views on folios 60 verso and 61 (D26033, D26034; CCLXVII 62a, 63), are presumably those that Robert Cadell described as ‘the best views of the abbey’, made by Turner as Cadell ‘returned to the inn & wrote my letter for home’.1
Following these sketches, Turner made the drawing on folio 63 verso (D26039; CCLXVII 65a) which formed the basis of his watercolour, Jedburgh Abbey circa 1832 (Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati).2

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, Tuesday 9 August 1831, National Library of Scotland, MS Acc.5188, Box 1, folio 111; transcribed in Gerald E. Finley, ‘J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott: Iconography of a Tour’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol.31, 1972, p.384.
Wilton 1979, p.427 no.1072.

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