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
D13388
Turner Bequest CLXV 38 a

Catalogue entry

Rather than just ‘a headland’ as Finberg suggests,1 this sketch clearly shows a man-made structure on a promontory or headland that descends into the sea at the left. The shape of the structures – step-like with two tower shapes in the middle – closely resembles the sketch on folio 9 verso (D13338; CLXV 9a) which has been identified as either the ruins of Dunbar Castle, or the fortifications on Bass Rock. Either is possible, although the height of the rock to the right on this sketch might be too high to be Dunbar, in which case Bass Rock, or else an unidentified coastal ruin, is more likely.

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 38a.

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