Joseph Mallord William Turner

Yarrow Water, Selkirkshire

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
D26158
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 33

Catalogue entry

This slight and rapid sketch probably depicts the Yarrow Water near the village of Yarrow in Selkirkshire. It is one of several sketches that Turner made on his journey between St Mary’s Loch and Selkirk: folios 29 verso–40 (D26151–D26172). At the right of the sketch, on the twisting bank of the Yarrow, is the suggestion of a building.
The sketch appears to be inscribed ‘E Hogg’, though Turner is likely to have been referring to the writer James Hogg, who is associated with the area. Turner may have sketched Hogg’s house nearby on folio 26 verso (D26145) where the inscription ‘Hogg’ appears again.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

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