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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rhymer's Glen, Abbotsford 1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford 1834
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 49
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘49’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVIII – 49’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the first in a series of nine sketches of Rhymer’s Glen on the Abbotsford Estate near Melrose that Turner made in 1834: see also folios 50–51 verso (D26192–D26195). The present rough but lively sketch looks between trees and bushes into the clearing of the glen, where the trees and shrubs are reflected in the stream below. A similar view on folio 50 verso (D26193) formed the basis of a vignette illustration to Sir Walter Scott’s Prose Works: Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford, circa 1834 (watercolour, National Gallery of Scotland).1
There are pale brown stains at the left of the top edge of this page and at the left.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.432 no.1119.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Rhymer’s Glen, Abbotsford 1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2011, 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-rhymers-glen-abbotsford-r1136118, accessed 04 December 2021.