This is the last sketch that Turner made of the Gala Water at Galashiels as he headed towards Abbotsford and Melrose. The sketch looks south-east along the Gala Water towards its confluence with the River Tweed. Beyond the river is Eildon Hill with its three peaks. Abbotsford, the home of the late Sir Walter Scott, is just out of sight at the right of the sketch, and is depicted on the following page of the sketchbook (folio 47; D26186).
For further references to sketches of Galashiels and details about the context of Turner’s visit to the town, see folio 42 verso (D26177).
There is a pale brown stain across the left of this page.
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