Joseph Mallord William TurnerRuins of Dunbar 1818

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Ruins of Dunbar
From Bass Rock and Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXV
Date 1818
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 99 x 159 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXV 20 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Verso:
Ruins of Dunbar 1818
Turner Bequest CLXV 20a
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This very rough sketch, as Finberg suggests, probably shows the outline of the ruins of Dunbar Castle.1 The two tower shapes at the top of the sketch could be the ruins that are shown in Turner’s Dunbar, circa 1823 (watercolour, private collection),2 with the rocky promontory beneath. There are more easily identifiable sketches of these ruins later in the sketchbook.

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 20a.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1066.

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