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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bass Rock Fortifications 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Bass Rock Fortifications 1818
Turner Bequest CLXV 19
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXV 19’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These ‘ruins’ as Finberg describes them, 1 are probably the fortifications on the Bass Rock, drawn several times in this sketchbook (folios 7 verso, 8; D13334, D13335; CLXV 7a–8). In all of these sketches Turner uses a set of box-shapes for the fortifications and shows the steps that have been carved out of the rock to reach the sea. A few faint lines above these details is enough to indicate the rest of the island.
Finberg 1909, I, p.479, CLXV 19.

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Bass Rock Fortifications 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, 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-bass-rock-fortifications-r1131898, accessed 30 October 2020.