Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunbar Castle

1818

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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
D13634
Turner Bequest CLXVII 30

Catalogue entry

Continued from folio 30 verso (D13633; CLXVII 29a), this sketch of Dunbar Castle from the east was used as the basis for Turner’s watercolour design of Dunbar, circa 1823 (private collection) 1 for the Provincial Antiquities. This part of the picture shows the northern half of the promontory on which the ruins sit, with the old castle gate at the left with the keep in the centre and the promontory falling away into the sea at the right.
There is a pale pink smudge next to Finberg’s number, the remains of Ruskin’s red ink numbering.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

1
Wilton 1979, p.426 no.1066.

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