Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Northern Half of 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
D13346
Turner Bequest CLXV 13 a

Catalogue entry

From the four sketches that precede it in this sketchbook (folios 11 verso–13; D13342–D13345; CLXV 11a–13), this slight sketch would appear to be of Bass Rock. Here Turner has depicted with a few simple lines only the northernmost half of the rock, with a hint of other, smaller rocks in the sea nearby. The missing half of the island may be drawn on the following page (D13347; CLXV 14).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

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