Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins of Dunbar

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13361
Turner Bequest CLXV 22

Catalogue entry

This page has two sketches of Dunbar: one slight sketch of the crags off the coast at the bottom of the page inscribed ‘Dunbar’, and another sketch, drawn with the book inverted, of the ruins of Dunbar Castle and the rocks on which it stands going out to sea. Both are slight sketches with no more than rough outlines, and no details or shading. A succession of such sketches would have helped Turner to build up a mental map of an area, as well as providing examples of a subject from different viewpoints, helping him to remember and reconstruct a subject back in the studio.

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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