Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pease Bridge, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXV 32 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the book inverted this sketch may show the Pease Bridge in Cockburnspath about halfway between St Abbs and Dunbar, which Turner had sketched in 1801 (Tate D02722, D02723; Turner Bequest LIV 71a, 72;). The bridge, opened in 1786, was, at the time, the highest bridge in Europe at forty metres above the water below. It crosses the Pease Dean valley, and is now part of a walk known as the Sir Walter Scott Way. Turner may have passed the bridge on his journey to North Berwick. Just as in his 1801 sketches, Turner draws the structure and landscape with the utmost economy using just a few lines. There is another drawing of the bridge on the top of the following page (D13379; CLXV 33).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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