Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13508
Turner Bequest CLXVI 30 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the book inverted and continuing on to folio 31 (D13509) is a drawing of the Bass Rock and Tantallon Castle as seen from the craggy shoreline beneath the castle known as Gin Head. On this page is the north side of Tantallon Castle perched on the steep cliff that forms the castle’s natural defences on three sides. Turner made dozens of sketches of Tantallon Castle during this 1818 tour of Scotland and illustrated the subject for Scott’s Provincial Antiquities: Tantallon Castle, 1821 (watercolour, Manchester City Art Galleries).1

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1067.

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