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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 61 Recto:
?Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 61
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘61’ top left inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIV – 61’ top left inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The three sketches on this page probably depict the tower and spire of the Town Hall in Berwick-upon-Tweed which was built in 1761, and features in the background of Turner’s view of the town for an illustration to volume 12 of Walter Scott’s Poetical Works: Berwick-upon-Tweed circa 1832 (watercolour, location unknown).1 The artist made a study of the tower in the Berwick sketchbook (Tate D25658; Turner Bequest CCLXV 9a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.430 no.1092.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘?Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed 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-town-hall-berwick-upon-tweed-r1133997, accessed 19 January 2022.