Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks of Dunbar and Bass Rock

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
D13619
Turner Bequest CLXVII 20

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows the rocky promontory on which the ruins of Dunbar Castle stand (although they are not visible in the current sketch). The view is from the east, and between some of the rocks that stick out of the water can be seen the coastline around North Berwick, with what may be the conical-shaped North Berwick Law and, at the right, the island of Bass Rock. At the top of the promontory is an area of ‘grass’. This part of the rock was blasted away in 1844 in order to make a passage through to Victoria Harbour, further diminishing what was left of the ancient castle.
For references to other sketches of Dunbar Castle in this sketchbook, see folio 18 verso (D13615; CLXVII 17a).
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

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