Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Jedburgh High Street; and Hailes Castle


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 59 × 96 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXV 23 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a view along a street with a large hill in the distance. This may be Jedburgh High Street looking south with the hill at Ulston in the distance.
At the outer edge of the page, with the sketchbook rotated right from its usual orientation, is a sketch inscribed ‘Hailes’. This must therefore show Hailes Castle near East Linton, a village half way between Dunbar and Haddington. This very slight sketch seems to be from the north. Turner made another tiny sketch of the castle on the inside back cover of this sketchbook (D41234), and perhaps another on folio 32 (D25699) and several more in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D25971; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 24a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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