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
D13606
Turner Bequest CLXVII 12

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows Tantallon Castle from the landward side. An inscription at the bottom right either refers to the Curtain ‘Wall’ or what remains of an outer wall of the castle which, along with a ditch (visible in the foreground), comprised its defences to the west; the other three sides being protected by the sea. In the centre of the structure is the half-cylindrical Fore Tower. Turner sketched Tantallon Castle from all sides in preparation for his Provincial Antiquities illustration, Tantallon Castle, 1821 (watercolour, Manchester City Art Galleries),1 including drawings on the previous and subsequent pages of this sketchbook of views from the east (folio 12; D13605; CLXVII 11) and from the north-west (folio 13 verso–14; D13607–D13608; CLXVII 12a–13).

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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