Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins of a Castle

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 159 × 99 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13349
Turner Bequest CLXV 15

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the book turned to the left, these two views of the ruins of a tower or castle do not seem to depict any of the buildings listed for Scott’s Provincial Antiquities. However it is likely that this building is located either somewhere near the East Lothian coast between St Abbs and North Berwick, or within a day’s return trip from Edinburgh. The drawing at the top of the page depicts the ruin within a hilly landscape, and the drawing at the bottom is taken from closer to and has no topographical setting.

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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