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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dryburgh Abbey and the River Tweed 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
Dryburgh Abbey and the River Tweed 1797
Turner Bequest XXXIV 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘C’, ‘H’, ‘F’, ‘G’ and ‘3’ and other notes within the drawing
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 23’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally; this sheet appears to have been rebound in the wrong position in the book. David Hill identifies the subject as Dryburgh seen from near St Boswell’s. Another drawing of Dryburgh is on folio 66 recto (D00971; Turner Bequest XXXIV 62). In the early 1830s Turner was to make a watercolour of an even grander panorama of this picturesque spot (Tate N05241),1 including the whole sweep of the bend of the Tweed that almost encircles Dryburgh, for Scott’s Poetical Works, vol.V (Tate impressions: T04950, T05141).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1078, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Dryburgh Abbey and the River Tweed 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-dryburgh-abbey-and-the-river-tweed-r1150085, accessed 27 May 2024.