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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Kelso 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Kelso 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 20
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 113 x 185 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by John Ruskin ‘20’ top right and ‘271’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVII – 20’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued from folio 19 verso (D25962; CCLXVII 19a) is the view of Kelso with the abbey that Turner used as the basis of his watercolour, Kelso circa 1832 (whereabouts unknown),1 engraved for volume 3 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works. The abbey itself is shown at the left of the present page with the octagonal-roofed Parish Church. These buildings are reflected in the River Tweed below, the southern bank of which is shown in the foreground at the left.
See folio 19 verso for more information on Turner’s visit to Kelso.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.427 no.1074.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Kelso 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-kelso-r1134333, accessed 17 August 2019.