Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond 1797

Artwork details

Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond
From North of England Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXXIV
Date 1797
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 270 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 46 a
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Catalogue entry

The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner made a rapid colour note of the Lilburn Tower from almost the same viewpoint in his Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01211–D01212; Turner Bequest XXXVII 94–95), which was in use about the time of his North of England tour and may have been brought with him. This is a more detailed account of the subject, though it is similarly concerned to render the brooding, romantic atmosphere of the spot. He may have returned to Dunstanburgh in 1799 and made further rapid sketches of both Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh in his Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01599–D01600, D01603–D01604; Turner Bequest XL 80a–81, 82a–83).
Technical notes:
The page is discoloured from prolonged display.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pen and brown ink ‘127’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in pencil ‘XXXIV. | [?page ...] | E7. XXXIV – 46A’.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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