Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of the Ruins of a Castle with the Sea and Rocks Beyond: ?Dirleton

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02684
Turner Bequest LIV 52

Catalogue entry

This is apparently Dirleton Castle, south-west of North Berwick, built by the Vaux family, who had come to Britain with William the Conqueror. Like its neighbour on this coast, Tantallon Castle (see folios 55 verso–60 recto (D02691–D02700), it was attacked by Cromwell’s forces in 1650 and shortly afterwards slighted and reduced to ruins. From 1663 it was the property of the Nisbet family who were its owners when Turner drew it; their descendants finally gave it to a conservation body, Historic Scotland, in 1923. Another view of the castle is on the verso (D02685).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like

In the shop