Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13384
Turner Bequest CLXV 36

Catalogue entry

This slight outline sketch of Dunbar shows the ruins of the castle in the centre with rocks to the right going out to sea. Turner made numerous sketches of Dunbar Castle, from rough outlines like this one, to carefully delineated drawings, recording the ruins from every angle in order to assimilate as much topographical information as possible while trying out different compositions (Scotch Antiquities sketchbook Tate D13615–D13640; Turner Bequest CLXVII 17a–32).
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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