Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Bass Rock

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13348
Turner Bequest CLXV 14 a

Catalogue entry

This drawing, simply titled ‘rocks’ by Finberg,1 may, like the five previous drawing in the sketchbook, shows the Bass Rock off the North Berwick coast (folios 11 verso–14; D13342–D13347; CLXV 11a–14). Turner represents the jagged structure of the rock with sharp pencil lines, that, while not closely resembling the effect achieved, captures the same violent mood of his 1826 watercolour of the subject (Bass Rock, watercolour, circa 1824, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight).2

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 14a.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1069.

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