Norham Castle on the Tweed

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775 - 1851

Norham Castle on the Tweed

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775 - 1851


This is a landscape with a river and a ruined castle in the centre of the background. There are rays of sunlight coming out from behind the castle. On the left side of the bank there is a small house in front of some hills and two men with a rowboat. On the right there are some cows and shrubs, then several more cows in the middle of the stream.

Display Label

Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester Thomas Coglan Horsfall (1844-1932) was a pioneering philanthropist who established the Manchester Art Museum in 1884 in Harpurhey, moving it to larger premises at Ancoats Hall in 1886. The Museum was at the forefront of developments in art education, operating an innovative picture loan scheme for schools. In the 1880s, Harpurhey and Ancoats were crowded working class areas: the residents lived hard lives in impoverished surroundings. Horsfall wanted to make them aware of natural beauty by means of the Museum. He decided to locate the Museum close to their homes and to open it until 10 o’clock at night and on Sundays so that working people could visit. The Museum showed decorative and industrial art, original paintings and drawings, and copious reproductions. The works of art were arranged in themed rooms and everything had an explanatory label. Clubs for rambling, singing and woodcarving were formed and twice-weekly entertainments were held in the Museum’s concert hall. In 1918, the Museum and its contents were transferred to the management of Manchester City Council. The Museum finally closed in 1953. The majority of the items in this exhibition are from the original Museum. The exhibition has been co-curated by the Year 5 pupils at St Augustine’s CE Primary School in Harpurhey, Manchester.

Object Name

Norham Castle on the Tweed

Date Created



plate mark: 21cm x 29cm
support: 29cm x 43.2cm

accession number


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ink (brown)


Transferred from the Horsfall Museum Collection, 1918


© Manchester Art Gallery

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