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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunbar Castle 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
Dunbar Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn over two pages (continuing on folio 23; D13622; CLXVII 22) this view of Dunbar Castle from the west is very similar in composition and style to the drawing on folios 18 verso–19 (D13615–D13616; CLXVII 17a–18). Again, the sketch is dominated by a large rock in the foreground, beyond which at the right of the page can be seen the far end of the promontory of rock that houses the castle ruins. The drawing on this page is rather slight, using only a faint, though careful, pencil outline. There is more detail on the continuing page, which shows the castle.
There is light foxing across the page and a small brown mark at the bottom left.

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dunbar Castle 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-dunbar-castle-r1132169, accessed 30 November 2021.