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
D13627
Turner Bequest CLXVII 24 a

Catalogue entry

Stepping right up to the castle ruins which sit on a promontory of rock on the East Lothian coast, Turner was able to sketch Dunbar Castle in detail over the next few sketchbook pages (folios 26–30; D13628–D13632; CLXVII 25–29). The present sketch (continuing on folio 26) looks north towards the castle gate and other ruins; Turner was probably standing on the South Battery to get this view. At the left of the present page the promontory and ruins fall away into the sea.

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

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