J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bamburgh Castle and Coast 1822

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 82 Verso:
Bamburgh Castle and Coast 1822
Turner Bequest CC 82a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Blindstamped with the Turner Bequest stamp bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Rather than a view of Bamburgh Castle, as A.J. Finberg and Gerald Finley have suggested, these sketches in fact show Holy Island and the Farne Islands from a point close to Bamburgh.
Holy Island is seen from the south-east in the sketch at the top of the page from a point near the coast around Bamburgh Castle. Lindisfarne Castle sits at its south-eastern corner on a crag of rock and just in front of it and the island is Guile Point, a spit of land sitting to the south. At the left of the picture is the coastline around Budle Point, about four miles south of Holy Island. The third sketch down shows a similar view, with a little more clarity given to the few buildings and boats at Budle Bay.
In the centre of the page is a view of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island seen from closer to from the north-east, and at the bottom of the page is a rather carefully drawn and detailed study of the castle from the south, with the south-east corner of Holy Island, known as Castle Point, at the right of the drawing. (See folios 4 verso and 82; D17515, D17652 for further views of Holy Island).
The other two sketches on the page are of the Farne Islands, with the second-from-bottom sketch probably showing the Inner Farne with its lighthouse at the left and behind it to the right the West and East Wideopen islands, with an old lighthouse or beacon on one of them. The view is from the south. (See folio 82, and folio 86; D17660, for more sketches of the Farne Islands.)

Thomas Ardill
August 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Bamburgh Castle and Coast 1822 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-bamburgh-castle-and-coast-r1132994, accessed 19 September 2018.