Joseph Mallord William Turner

Roxburgh Castle, Near Kelso

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41233

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a view of Roxburgh Castle seen from the east. The sketch relates to similar views in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D25989–D25992; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 36a–38; see D25967; CLXVII 22a for more information).
Finberg’s reading of Turner’s inscription – ‘Thornton from Roxbr.’ – provides the clue to the identity of the sketch.1 But the rest of the inscription has left scholars puzzled. As David Wallace-Hadrill notes: ‘Thornton. Village 6m SW of Berwick?’2 The village of Thornton is also very close to Innerwick Castle, which Turner also drew in this sketchbook (folio 8; D25655), and Thornton Burn which flows alongside the ruins. However, there is no apparent link between the two sites, which lie about 25 miles away from each other.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.851, CCLXV 12[a].
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Berwick CCLXV checklist’, [circa 1992], Tate catalogue files.

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