This view of Newark Castle was made from the north-west, near the bridge over the Yarrow Water at Broadmeadows. The view was familiar to Turner from his visit in 1831, when he made sketches (Tate D26066; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 79) that became the basis of a watercolour, engraved as a vignette to illustrate Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Newark Castle, circa 1832 (private collection).1
This is the second in a sequence of six sketches of the castle in this sketchbook, made as Turner passed the ruin on his way from St Mary’s Loch to Selkirk: folios 36–38 verso (D26164–D26169). For more information about Turner’s route see the Edinburgh sketchbook 1834 Introduction.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1081.