Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yarrow Valley


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 32

Catalogue entry

This rather slight sketch was made while Turner was travelling from St Mary’s Loch to Selkirk on 2 October 1834. Following the course of the Yarrow Water, Turner made a number of quick sketches of the hilly landscape. This sketch falls between views of Dryhope (folio 31; D26154) near St Mary’s Loch and the village of Yarrow (folio 34; D26160). At the centre of the sketch is the suggestion of a small tower. This could be Dryhope Tower, or perhaps the remains of Eldinhope Tower or Deuchar Tower, three of the many small peel towers in the Scottish Borders. There are similarly slight sketches of the Yarrow Water on folios 32 verso–33 verso (D26157–D26159). There is a separate sketch at the top right of the page, which may depict the tower again.
For the context of Turner’s travels around the Scottish Borders, see Edinburgh sketchbook 1834 Introduction.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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