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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Goldielands Tower, Near Hawick 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 88 Verso:
Goldielands Tower, Near Hawick 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 88a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Spring or well | nr Hawick’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This second view of Goldielands Tower was made from the south bank of the River Teviot on a bend in its course between Martin’s Bridge and Langland’s Bridge. The sketchbook is inverted and the tower is represented as a simple box shape at the right of the picture. At the bottom left is a corner of a stonework structure and the inscription ‘Spring or well nr Hawick’. Unlike his sketch of Goldielands on folio 87 verso (D25918), Turner utilised the pre-prepared grey wash on this page for enhanced tonal effects, scratching away the paint in the foreground to create highlights and show the movement of the water and to highlight the tower. There are three further sketches of Goldielands Tower on folio 89 (D25921).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Goldielands Tower, Near Hawick 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-goldielands-tower-near-hawick-r1134287, accessed 20 January 2021.