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
D13607
Turner Bequest CLXVII 12 a

Catalogue entry

The view is taken from just west of Tantallon Castle (visible on the other half of this sketch: folio 14; D13608; CLXVII 13) looking north towards Bass Rock. Headlands rise on either side and we look between them down to the sea. Turner sketched Tantallon Castle from all sides in preparation for his Provincial Antiquities illustration: Tantallon Castle, 1821 (watercolour, Manchester City Art Galleries),1 many of which also show the Bass Rock. The island was included in the final watercolour, although partially obscured by rocks and waves.

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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