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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunbar Harbour 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Verso:
Dunbar Harbour 1818
Turner Bequest CLXV 24a
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Dunbar, although not finished to any great degree, is identifiable from its similarity to William Daniell’s 1822 aquatint, Dunbar, Haddingtonshire from a Voyage Round Great Britain (Tate T02924). Like Daniell’s print, we look across the harbour at the town with the harbour wall in the foreground and a few wavy lines to indicate water in front of it. Two light vertical lines indicate the masts of boats that are visible behind the wall as in Daniell’s work, and the tower of one church to the left, and spire of another are also common features. The same buildings appear in both images, notable the double-roofed, three-storey building behind the harbour wall. Turner must have been standing on the quayside that is visible in the foreground of Daniell’s print.
These sketch follows another in this sketchbook of the town looking slightly more to the east (right) (folio 24; D13365; CLXV 24).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dunbar Harbour 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-dunbar-harbour-r1131908, accessed 17 October 2021.