Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Cliffs Near Fast Castle; and a Distant View of North Berwick Law


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 187 x 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CC 80 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right are two sketches of cliffs on the East Lothian coast, and a small sketch at the top of the page of a view of North Berwick with North Berwick Law from the south-west. Turner made these as he travelled by sea from Edinburgh to London (see folio 78 verso; D17645 for details). Judging by the order of sketches that chart the journey south, with images of St Abbs Head following in the sketchbook (folios 81 and 81 verso; D17650, D17651), and by the height of the cliffs, this are likely to be the coastline between Fast Castle (see folio 5; D17516) and St Abbs. A building at the far right of the upper sketch may be Fast Castle.

Thomas Ardill
August 2008

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