Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of an Interior; and the Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 96 × 59 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXV 9 a

Catalogue entry

With the book turned to the right is a sketch of an interior. The view is of the corner of a room with perhaps a mirror above a fireplace. The sketch may be related to a similar drawing on folio 63 (D25756), which may have been made at Abbotsford. (See Tate D25957; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 16a for information about Turner’s Abbotsford sketches).
At the right of the page is a sketch of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Town Hall as seen from Marygate. The spire of the building appears in the background of Turner’s watercolour, Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown).1 On 10 August 1831 Turner stayed just a hundred yards or so away at the King’s Arms on Hide Hill.2
For further sketches of Berwick in this sketchbook see folio 13 verso (D25665).

Thomas Ardill
September 2010

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.
Robert Cadell, ‘Abbotsford Diary’, Wednesday 10 August 1831, National Library of Scotland, MS Acc.5188, Box 1, folio 111; transcribed in Gerald E. Finley, ‘J.M.W. Turner and Sir Walter Scott: Iconography of a Tour’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, vol.31, 1972, p.384.

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