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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Bernard's Well, Water of Leith 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Recto:
St Bernard’s Well, Water of Leith 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 36
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink ‘36’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 36’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Following a view of St. Bernard’s Well from the north (folio 37; D13644; CLXVII 35), here is a view from the opposite side. Turner’s approach is again to complement the classical-style monument by depicting the trees in a Claudian manner. The artist made four sketches of St. Bernard’s Well on this occasion, all from different angles (see folio 37; D13644; CLXVII 35).
There is light foxing across the page.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘St Bernard’s Well, Water of Leith 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2008, 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-st-bernards-well-water-of-leith-r1132193, accessed 27 June 2022.