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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Innerwick Castle, East Lothian 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Innerwick Castle, East Lothian 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXV 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 96 x 59 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘8’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXV ‘8 top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned to the left is a view of Innerwick Castle from the north. The castle ruins stand at the top of a deep glen overlooking Thornton Burn, East Lothian. There is a similar view in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D25977; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 28a) in which he took a number of views (Tate D25945, D25978, D25979, D25988, D26017; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 10a, 29, 29a, 36, 53). Turner also made further sketches of Innerwick on folios 23, 24, 33 and 60 of the current sketchbook (D25682, D25684, D25701, D25750).
Turner visited Innerwick Castle on 11 or 12 August 1831 on his way from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh (see D25977; CCLXVII 28a for more information).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Innerwick Castle, East Lothian 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-innerwick-castle-east-lothian-r1134018, accessed 07 April 2020.