About this artwork

Girtin depicted the village from a high viewpoint, the site of Jedburgh's former castle. He omitted the famous ruined Abbey, which lies to the right, drawing attention instead to the curved broad street, which leads the eye to the distant river valley. Girtin recorded the gentle afternoon light illuminating the modest thatched cottages and the plumes of smoke from their chimneys in the still air. The restrained hues enhance the tranquil atmosphere of the scene. This watercolour was based on a pencil drawing Girtin made during a brief visit to the Scottish Borders in 1796.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Village of Jedburgh, Roxburgh
  • date created:
    1800
  • materials:
    Watercolour over pencil on paper
  • measurements:
    30.20 x 52.10 cm (framed: 66.70 x 54.00 x 2.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust 1988
  • accession number:
    D 5175
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Thomas Girtin

Thomas Girtin