Joseph Mallord William Turner

Outline of the Bass Rock

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 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40915

Catalogue entry

The inside front cover of this sketchbook has been left empty apart from a small, faint drawing in the top left corner of the outline of Bass Rock as seen from the shore. Turner made dozens of sketches of the island throughout the three 1818 Scottish tour sketchbooks (see Tour of Scotland 1818 Tour Introduction), some exploring its shape from different positions on land and sea, but many from this angle. It was as if he were carrying out an exercise to engrave its distinctive shape on his memory.

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

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