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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunbar: The Harbour, the Castle and Bass Rock 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Verso:
Dunbar: The Harbour, the Castle and Bass Rock 1818
D13488
Turner Bequest CLXVI 20a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Dunbar’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The two sketches on this page are views of Dunbar harbour. The larger, lower sketch which continues faintly on the next page (folio 21; D13489) shows the ruins of Dunbar Castle with the quay in the foreground and the harbour at the left. The top sketch looks out to sea from the harbour with Bass Rock silhouetted against the horizon. There are four sketches of the harbour in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook that were presumable made on the same occasion (Tate D13365–D13367, D13370; Turner Bequest CLXV 24–25, 26a).

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dunbar: The Harbour, the Castle and Bass Rock 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-the-harbour-the-castle-and-bass-rock-r1132033, accessed 17 January 2022.