Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunbar Castle

1818

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13616
Turner Bequest CLXVII 18

Catalogue entry

Continued from folio 18 verso (D13615; CLXVII 17a) is a view of the ruins of Dunbar Castle from the shore to the west. The castle sits on a rocky promontory and the few remains are hard to distinguish from the rocks upon which they sit, although the parts of the castle described by Scott as the ‘Gate’ (two part tower structure) and ‘South Battery’ (low building at the right) can be made out.1 The following sketch (19 verso–20; D13617–D13618; CLXVII 18a–19) shows another view of the castle from a little further away, revealing more of the promontory. (See folio 18 verso; D13615; CLXVII 17a, for more information on the sketches of Dunbar in this sketchbook).

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

1
Sir Walter Scott, Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland with descriptive illustrations by Sir Walter Scott, Bart., Vol.II, London and Edinburgh, 1826 p.[147].

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