Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks off the Coast of Dunbar

1818

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13362
Turner Bequest CLXV 22 a

Catalogue entry

Rather than ‘Islands off the coast’ as Finberg suggests,1 this sketch shows rocks just off the coast of Dunbar near Long Craigs. ‘Long steeple’ is labelled on some maps of the area and although there does not seem to be a ‘Hough Head’, as Finberg reads it, there is a Wallace Head, just to the west of Long Steeple, and ‘Round’, could simple describe the shape or a particular rock rather than name it. The following page, folio 23, shows more of such rocks (D13363; CLXV 23).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 22a.

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