Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bass Rock Fortifications

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13356
Turner Bequest CLXV 19

Catalogue entry

These ‘ruins’ as Finberg describes them, 1 are probably the fortifications on the Bass Rock, drawn several times in this sketchbook (folios 7 verso, 8; D13334, D13335; CLXV 7a–8). In all of these sketches Turner uses a set of box-shapes for the fortifications and shows the steps that have been carved out of the rock to reach the sea. A few faint lines above these details is enough to indicate the rest of the island.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 19.
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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