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 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13608
Turner Bequest CLXVII 13

Catalogue entry

This view of Tantallon Castle was taken from just west of the headland upon which it stands and is a continuation of a drawing on folio 13 verso (D13607; CLXVII 12a) where we look out to sea towards the Bass Rock. The fourteenth-century castle shows the scars of several sieges and the decay of time with its ruins indicated by serrated lines. This sketchbook contains many further sketches of the castle from various different viewpoints.

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

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