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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Galashiels and Gala Hill 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Verso:
Galashiels and Gala Hill 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 58a
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner passed through Galashiels twice on 3 October 1834. His first set of sketches of the town (folios 42 verso–46 verso; D26177–D26185) was made when he arrived from Selkirk to the south (folio 40; D26172). According to the order of sketches in this book, he then followed the Gala Water to the River Tweed and visited Abbotsford and its estate (folio 52; D26197) on his way to Melrose (folio 53; D26198). A sketch on folio 57 verso (D26207) indicates that he crossed the Tweed at Darnick Bridge, and then followed the road west to Galashiels on his way to Edinburgh. His second set of sketches of the town is on folios 58 verso–59 verso (D26209–D26211) and perhaps folio 61 (D26213).
This sketch looks east along the Gala Water to the town, with Gala Hill rising above it. Beneath the hill is the tower of the Old Parish Church, with the chimney of one of the town’s many woollen mills to the right. Turner made a similar sketch on folio 45 verso (D26183) on his earlier visit to the town.
There is an oval brown stain in the bottom left corner of this page.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Galashiels and Gala Hill 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2011, 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-galashiels-and-gala-hill-r1136137, accessed 25 November 2020.