J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Breakwater at Berwick-upon-Tweed 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Recto
A Breakwater at Berwick-upon-Tweed 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 41
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 113 x 185 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Sand’ lower centre left
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘41’ bottom left inverted and ‘271’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVII – 41’ top left inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook inverted, this view of a breakwater from a cliff-top is likely to have been made at Berwick-upon-Tweed. There is a similar composition on folio 34 (D25984; CCLXVII 34), though looking south instead of east. Turner also drew the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater on folio 34 verso (D25985; CCLXVII 34a) and made several further studies of the coast (see folio 52 verso; D26016; CCLXVII 52a).
For more information on Turner’s visit to Berwick see folio 48 verso (D26009; CCLXVII 48a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘A Breakwater at Berwick-upon-Tweed 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-breakwater-at-berwick-upon-tweed-r1134366, accessed 28 February 2021.