Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26203
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 55 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch, inscribed ‘glen’ like folio 50 (D26192), depicts Huntly Burn, which flows through Rhymer’s Glen on Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford Estate. This is one of nine sketches that Turner made of the glen on 3 October 1834 in preparation for a watercolour vignette, Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford, circa 1834 (National Gallery of Scotland),1 which was engraved by William Miller in 1835 to illustrate Scott’s Prose Works. While that painting relates most closely to the sketch on folio 50 verso (D26193), Turner may also have referred to this sketch for the shape of the twisting stream and the appearance of the water.
See folio 50 verso for further information and references.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.432 no.1119.

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