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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hermitage Castle, Near Hawick 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Verso:
Hermitage Castle, Near Hawick 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 63a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The first of Turner’s sketches of Hermitage Castle is this view from the south-east with the Hermitage Water to the left and Hermitage Hill in the background. The majority of Turner’s sketches of the castle were from the south-east, and can be found on folios 64, 64 verso, 65, 66 and 66 verso (D25887, D25888, D25889, D25891, D25892). Other views appear on some of these pages and on 65 verso and 67 (D25893, D25890), which formed the basis of Turner’s illustration of Hermitage Castle circa 1832 (watercolour, private collection) for Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works.1

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1077.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Hermitage Castle, 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-hermitage-castle-near-hawick-r1134253, accessed 27 January 2022.