Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Confluence of the Gala Water and the River Tweed


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 181 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 46 a

Catalogue entry

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.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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