This is one of two sketches Turner made of Norham Castle in the summer of 1797, one of the most northerly points on his tour. The other view (still in the 'North of England' sketchbook, from which this leaf was taken) shows both banks of the River Tweed, and served as the basis for many and of Norham, including those in this exhibition. Turner's viewpoint in this sketch, however, is much closer to the castle, lying adjacent to a mill building sited directly below the castle walls.
Gallery label, September 2004
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