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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Jedburgh 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 61 Recto:
Jedburgh 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 63
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 113 x 185 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘63’ top right and ‘271’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVII – 63’ top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A similar viewpoint to folios 60 verso and 61 verso (D26033, D26035; CCLXVII 62a, 63a), this sketch shows Jedburgh from the south-west with Newgate to the right of the abbey, and Abbey Bridge spanning the Jed Water to the left. At the top left may be Jedburgh Castle Jail, and at the bottom right two figures are shown sitting at the side of the road enjoying the same view as Turner.
It is interesting to note that when Turner sketched Kelso (his next stop), he found a viewpoint that formed a similar composition to this (folio 19 verso–20; D25962–D25963; CCLXVII 19a–20).
See folio 63 verso (D26039; CCLXVII 65a) for further references.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Jedburgh 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-jedburgh-r1134402, accessed 25 June 2019.