Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Fast Castle on the East Lothian Coast

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 59 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25729
Turner Bequest CCLXV 47 a

Catalogue entry

These three sketches of a ruined tower, drawn with the sketchbook inverted, belong to a series of studies of a tower over folios 47–48 and 49 (D25728–D25730, D25732). An inscription on folio 49 refers to Fast Castle, which is a plausible identification of the sketch on folio 47. However, an inscription on the present page does not seem to refer to that building, and may read ‘Ber[wick]’. The structure also bears a resemblance to the ruins of Norham Castle (see Tate D26027; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 59a), although this would place the sketch very much out of sequence with the rest of the sketchbook.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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