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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Berwick on Tweed, with the Bridge 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Recto:
Berwick on Tweed, with the Bridge 1797
Turner Bequest XXXIV 56
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 56’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Berwick, straddling the English-Scottish border, was an important point both for commercial traffic and for the defence of the much disputed and fought-over territory of the Borders, The view is from the southern shore of the Tweed looking north to the early seventeenth-century Old Bridge (built 1611–c.1626) across the river, and the town dominated by its spired mid-eighteenth-century town hall.
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner continued the drawing on to the next leaf, folio 60 recto (D00965; Turner Bequest XXXIV 56a), to which he added colour.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Berwick on Tweed, with the Bridge 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-berwick-on-tweed-with-the-bridge-r1150120, accessed 29 September 2020.