Joseph Mallord William Turner

Frontispiece to Volume One of The Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland

c.1822–5

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 241 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13748
Turner Bequest CLXVIII A

Display caption

Walter Scott had originally commissioned Turner and several other artists to provide illustrations for the 'Provincial Antiquities of Scotland' in 1818. Although the project was foundering a little by 1822, Turner re-visited Scotland that year, possibly influenced by the decision of George IV to go to Edinburgh. The sketches he made provided the basis for his final watercolours for the publication, including that of 'Bass Rock', as well as for two vignette designs which formed the frontispieces to the two volumes of the finished book.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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