Introduction: The Poetical works of Sir Walter Scott

In 1831-32 Turner made a series of twenty-four watercolours for the Edinburgh publisher Robert Cadell. These were to serve as frontispieces and title-page vignettes for a new twelve-volume edition of the poetry of Sir Walter Scott. This was designed to continue and be uniform with, the 12mo popular edition of Scott’s complete works that Cadell … Continue reading Introduction: The Poetical works of Sir Walter Scott

Introduction: The Prose works of Sir Walter Scott

In 1833 and 1834 Turner made a series of forty watercolours for the Edinburgh publisher Robert Cadell, to serve as frontispieces and title-page vignettes for a twenty-eight volume series of Scott’s Miscellaneous prose. This was designed to be complete and be uniform with, the 12mo popular edition of Scott’s complete works that Cadell had begun … Continue reading Introduction: The Prose works of Sir Walter Scott

Abbeville: St Vulfran from the Market Square, c.1834

Watercolour vignette, 135 x 105 mm Private Collection Notes: This is a small, highly-wrought studio watercolour vignette, of a busy street scene with a cathedral in the background bathed in light, whilst a stage coach stops in the centre of a street amidst a throng of figures. DH scan from Sotheby's 1983 This is the … Continue reading Abbeville: St Vulfran from the Market Square, c.1834

Smailholm Tower, Roxburghshire [Smailholme, Smallholm], c.1832

Watercolour vignette on paper, image 5 1/4 x 4 ins, in border 7 x 4 5/8 ins on sheet 8 3/4 x 7 1/2 ins, 223 x 191 mm Inscribed by Turner in watercolour, above subject; 'Border Minstrelsey/ Vol, ' and below; 'Smailholme Tower' Private Collection Turner catalogues: Wilton 1071; tdb1192 Scanned by DH from … Continue reading Smailholm Tower, Roxburghshire [Smailholme, Smallholm], c.1832

Skiddaw from the southern end of Derwentwater, c.1832

Watercolour on paper, 101 x 152 mm Untraced Turner Catalogues: Wilton 1090; tdb1210 Photograph by David Hill This is a small, highly-finished watercolour showing a lake and mountain. A string of cattle stands in the water in the foreground and the bank recedes at the right to the distant mountain. The watercolour is currently untraced … Continue reading Skiddaw from the southern end of Derwentwater, c.1832

Mayburgh, with Penrith Castle and Beacon [sometimes Mayborough or King Arthur’s Round Table], c.1832

Watercolour vignette on paper, 280 x 215 mm Private Collection Turner Catalogues: Wilton 1091; tdb1211 Image courtesy of Bonham's This is a small, highly-finished watercolour vignette showing a tree-circled clearing with, in the centre, a monolith with a tree apparently growing from it. In the distance left is the misty silhouette of a castle on … Continue reading Mayburgh, with Penrith Castle and Beacon [sometimes Mayborough or King Arthur’s Round Table], c.1832

Berwick upon Tweed, c.1832

Watercolour vignette on paper, 87 x 152 mm Private Collection Turner Catalogues: Wilton 1092; tdb1212 Image courtesy of Christie's This is a small, highly-finished watercolour showing an extensive landscape with a castle on a sunlit eminence centre left, overlooking a broad river and many-arched bridge to the right. A town with a tower and spire … Continue reading Berwick upon Tweed, c.1832

Abbotsford, c.1832

Watercolour vignette on paper, 115 x 147 mm Abbotsford, The Home of Sir Walter Scott Turner Catalogues: Wilton 1093; tdb1213 Image courtesy of the Art Fund This is a small, highly-finished watercolour vignette showing an extensive baronial house overlooking a river and backed by rounded hills.  The time of day is evening and a crescent … Continue reading Abbotsford, c.1832