Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dunbar: The Harbour, the Castle and Bass Rock

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13488
Turner Bequest CLXVI 20 a

Catalogue entry

The two sketches on this page are views of Dunbar harbour. The larger, lower sketch which continues faintly on the next page (folio 21; D13489) shows the ruins of Dunbar Castle with the quay in the foreground and the harbour at the left. The top sketch looks out to sea from the harbour with Bass Rock silhouetted against the horizon. There are four sketches of the harbour in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook that were presumable made on the same occasion (Tate D13365–D13367, D13370; Turner Bequest CLXV 24–25, 26a).

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

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