Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tantallon Castle

1818

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13592
Turner Bequest CLXVII 5

Catalogue entry

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.

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

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

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