Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dumbarton: Beached Boats with the Rock in the Background

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03271
Turner Bequest LVI 182 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the subject is continued on folio 185 recto opposite (D03272; Turner Bequest LVI 183). It is out of sequence: Turner visited Dumbarton at the outset of his journey; see folios 25 verso–35 verso (D02961–D02980).
The outline of the mountain in the centre of the view does not seem very like Dumbarton Rock; there is a temptation to think that Turner misremembered the subject when he added his annotation. But see folios 185 verso–186 recto (D03273–D03274; Turner Bequest LVI 183a–184), for possible corroboration of the identification.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like