With a similar viewpoint to folio 4 (D13590; CLXVII 4), though slightly further round to the north, this sketch again shows Tantallon Castle with the dovecot to the left. Turner’s note ‘light through’ may mean that the sky is evenly light throughout, to perhaps refers to being able to see light through the windows and holes in the ruins of the castle.
There is a brown watercolour stain at the right of the page, suggesting that Turner may have referred to the sketch while he was painting Tantallon Castle, 1821 (watercolour, Manchester City Art Galleries).1 The yellow mark along the top edge of the page has bled through from the painting of the sketchbook edges.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1067.
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