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 25 Verso:
Dunbar Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 24a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Stepping right up to the castle ruins which sit on a promontory of rock on the East Lothian coast, Turner was able to sketch Dunbar Castle in detail over the next few sketchbook pages (folios 26–30; D13628–D13632; CLXVII 25–29). The present sketch (continuing on folio 26) looks north towards the castle gate and other ruins; Turner was probably standing on the South Battery to get this view. At the left of the present page the promontory and ruins fall away into the sea.

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-r1132175, accessed 24 November 2020.