Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Tweed Bridge and Innerleithen Toll House with Lee Pen Beyond

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26122
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 15

Catalogue entry

The distinctive mountain in the background of this sketch is Lee Pen, as noted by Turner on folio 16 (D26124). This is therefore a view from the south across the River Tweed. David Wallace-Hadrill has associated this page with sketches of Traquair House,1 but the presence of a bridge and the relative positions of Lee Pen and Pirn Craig to the right suggest that this is in fact a view from just a few hundred metres to the north, with a predecessor to the current Tweed Bridge at the left, the Toll House at its far end and the town of Innerleithen beyond.2 There are sketches from nearby on folios 14 verso–18 (D26121–D26128), including a bridge on folio 17 (D26126) and sketches of Traquair House on folios 16 verso and 17 verso (D26125, D26127).

Thomas Ardill
December 2010

1
David Wallace Hadrill, ‘CCLXVIII “Edinburgh” 1831–34’, Tate catalogue files, unpaginated manuscript.
2
The current bridge was built in 1886, but a map of 1832 indicates that there was already a bridge at this point. The Toll House is marked on the current Ordnance Survey map and still stands today; ‘The Toll House’ is engraved above the door. ‘Innerleithen, Tweed Bridge, Traquair’, British Listed Buildings, accessed 10 December 2010, http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/sc-49367-innerleithen-tweed-bridge-traquair.

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