Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunbar Castle

1818

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13640
Turner Bequest CLXVII 32

Catalogue entry

Continued from folio 33 verso (D13639; CLXVII 31c) this sketch shows the ruins of Dunbar Castle from the east, and was one of three studies used as the basis of Turner’s watercolour design for the Provincial Antiquities, Dunbar, circa 1823 (private collection).1 The present page shows the castle from the ruined gateway (left) to the sea, with the ruins of what was probably the keep almost tumbling in among the rocks.
There is a pink smudge next to Finberg’s inscription at the top right; the remains of Ruskin’s red ink numbering.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1066.

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