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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bass Rock from Canty Bay 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
Bass Rock from Canty Bay 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 16
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Canty Bay’ bottom left; ‘sand’ lower centre right
Inscribed in blue ink ‘16’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 16’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
‘Canty Bay’ is a small rocky bay between North Berwick and Tantallon Castle on the East Lothian coast. Drawn from just above the bay, we look down at a few houses and boats in the foreground and north-east towards the Bass Rock. There follows in this sketchbook a detailed sketch of the rocks in the bay (folio 17 verso–18; D13613–D13614; CLXVII 16a–17).

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Bass Rock from Canty Bay 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-bass-rock-from-canty-bay-r1132160, accessed 23 May 2022.