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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Horsburgh Castle or Cardrona Tower near Innerleithen 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Horsburgh Castle or Cardrona Tower near Innerleithen 1834
D26120
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 14
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘14’ bottom left descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVIII – 14’ bottom left descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This landscape, with a ruined tower and a river and ridge of hills beyond, is likely to be associated with adjacent sketches in this book. The best match is perhaps Horsburgh Castle near the hamlet of Glentress, as depicted on folios 11 verso–12 verso (D26115–D26117), though Cardrona Tower, depicted on folios 13–13 verso (D26118–D26119), is another possibility.
The ruin may be depicted again in the sketch at the top of the page. The shape at the left bears a resemblance to both castles; see folios 12 and 13 for comparison.

Thomas Ardill
December 2010

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Horsburgh Castle or Cardrona Tower near Innerleithen 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2010, 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-horsburgh-castle-or-cardrona-tower-near-innerleithen-r1136048, accessed 17 January 2022.