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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond 1797
Turner Bequest XXXIV 46a
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 210 x 270 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom left
Stamped in black ‘XXXIV 46 A’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. Turner made a rapid colour note of the Lilburn Tower from almost the same viewpoint in his Wilson sketchbook (Tate D01211–D01212; Turner Bequest XXXVII 94–95), which was in use about the time of his North of England tour and may have been brought with him. This is a more detailed account of the subject, though it is similarly concerned to render the brooding, romantic atmosphere of the spot. He may have returned to Dunstanburgh in 1799 and made further rapid sketches of both Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh in his Dynevor Castle sketchbook (Tate D01599–D01600, D01603–D01604; Turner Bequest XL 80a–81, 82a–83).
Technical notes:
The page is discoloured from prolonged display.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pen and brown ink ‘127’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in pencil ‘XXXIV. | [?page ...] | E7. XXXIV – 46A’.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Dunstanburgh Castle: The Lilburn Tower with the Sea Beyond 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dunstanburgh-castle-the-lilburn-tower-with-the-sea-beyond-r1150110, accessed 25 October 2021.