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During his many forays into Scotland, J. M. W. Turner would often paint landmarks of the Scottish countryside, always lending his romantic outlook to the once great medieval constructions that dot the green fields and glens. One such landmark, portrayed here, is Borthwick Castle, built in the 15th century by Sir William de Borthwick, after receiving the license to do so for volunteering to be a substitute hostage in the ransom of James I, and later mostly ruined by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in the 17th century, being bought back by the Borthwick family in the 19th century, shortly before Turner’s visit and depiction of the castle grounds.
There were, in fact, more than a few depictions of Borthwick Castle produced by Turner as studies for this watercolor on paper, which are present in his many sketchbooks, and interestingly the artist was very quick to find his preferred view of the square tower, although both the surroundings of the castle and its very architectural composition do vary from study to study. In truth, considering the castle’s history, it is rather unlikely that Turner would have seen it exactly as portrayed since the fortification had fallen in disrepair for almost two centuries after being severely damaged by Cromwell’s forces. As the castle had only been purchased back by the family less than a decade before Turner’s depiction in 1818, it would seem that Turner was possibly depicting an idealized version of the historical edifice being renewed.
Regardless, Turner brings then a beautiful depiction of a historical landmark of the Scottish countryside. What initially looks like a rather placid view, mostly due to the weight of the castle which, with its monolithic presence, dominates the center of the painting’s composition, upon closer reflection reveals a dynamic, dramatic scene. Contrasting the centennial steadiness of the castle, the environment that surrounds it is in disarray, made chaotic by the natural force of the wind, which makes men stumble and trees bend under its mighty blow.
As he was wont to do, Turner takes once again a landscape and elevates it, covering an already remarkable viewpoint, chosen with care and diligence, with a varnish of emotion unique to his work, where each leaf and every branch breathe with as much dramatic strength as the rare people depicted, if not more.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Borthwick Castle, 1818, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Borthwick Castle, 1818 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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