The most important of Turner’s drawings of Norham on this tour is the relatively slight one he made in his North of England sketchbook (Tate D00966; Turner Bequest XXXIV 57). This was to become the basis for a sequence of finished views for both exhibition and engraving, executed at different junctures throughout his career. This closer view records the architecture of the ruined castle keep in considerable detail, little of which appears in the finished works, but which must nevertheless have been of value to Turner in helping him to understand the place he was celebrating.
The top and right-hand edges of the sheet are irregular. There is a horizontal fold about 45 mm from the top.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.