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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Berwick-Upon-Tweed 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
Berwick-Upon-Tweed 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of a town (continued on folio 22; D13491) bisected by a river, and joined by a multi-arched bridge has incongruously been identified by Finberg as Dunbar.1 While David Wallace-Hadrill has followed Finberg in noting the drawing as ‘Dunbar (F[inberg])’, his notes have also been annotated in another hand (probably by Janet Carolan) with the suggestion, ‘Berwick?’.2 If we consider views of Berwick-upon-Tweed (rather than North Berwick), which Turner travelled through on his northward journey, then the river and bridge fit. In fact, Turner’s Berwick-Upon-Tweed, circa 1832 (watercolour, location unknown),3 may provide a similar view of the town although taken from the other side of the bridge. On the left of the watercolour, and the right of this sketch (folio 22), is a tower that forms part of Berwick Castle. We therefore stand on the west bank of the Tweed, looking north towards the castle.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

Finberg 1909, I, p.482, CLXVI 21a.
David Wallace-Hadrill, unpublished notes, [circa 1989–94], Tate catalogue files
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Berwick-Upon-Tweed 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2007, 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-berwick-upon-tweed-r1132035, accessed 21 April 2021.