As discussed in the introduction to the present section, this is one of four identified ‘colour beginnings’ for a large watercolour of Bamborough Castle (private collection)1 exhibited at the Graphic Society, London, in 1837; the others are Tate D25456, D25506 and D36321 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 333, 382, CCCLXV 30).2
The present study concentrates on the storm clouds above the coast on the left, counterbalanced by the castle, a glowing blank to the right. There is no sign of the boat struggling in the waves, the rocky beach in the right foreground or the figures introduced into the finished design.
The area corresponding to the castle has been left blank or washed clean. There has been some lifting of the dark washes forming the clouds above the centre.
Blank; stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 334’ above Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXIII, 334’ bottom right.