Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Entrance Hall at Abbotsford


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 68 a

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Turner used Sir Walter Scott's home at Abbotsford in Roxburghshire as a base from which to explore the countryside around the Border when, during the summer of 1831, he was searching for material for a new edition of Scott's 'Poetical Works'. The house was created by Scott between 1812 and 1832, and incorporated into its exterior many traditional features from old Scottish buildings such as the crow-stepped gables and distinctive corner turrets which are visible in Turner's study of the river front seen here. The sketch on the opposite page shows the entrance hall at Abbotsford, where Scott displayed his large collection of arms and armour.

Gallery label, January 1992

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