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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Rocks off the Coast of Dunbar; Duddingston Loch; ?Eyemouth 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 25 Verso:
Rocks off the Coast of Dunbar; Duddingston Loch; ?Eyemouth 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 25a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Duddingston [?]Loch’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A sketch of the rocks off the coast of Dunbar fills the bottom half of this page and continues to folio 26 (D13499). The view is taken from the coast just to the east of Dunbar Harbour and looks out to sea towards the Bass Rock, which has been drawn again at the top of the page. A similar sketch appears in the Bass Rock and Edinburgh sketchbook (Tate D13362; Turner Bequest CLXV 22a), on which Turner has inscribed the names of the crags.
At the right of the page, drawn with the book turned to the right, are two small sketches separated from the main drawing with a pencil border. The top carried an inscription which Finberg has read as ‘Duddingston Cast[le]’, although there is no such thing.1 This may perhaps be Duddingston Loch, near Arthur’s Seat at the south of Edinburgh. Turner is likely to have visited the village of Duddingston when he sketched Craigmillar Castle with Revd John Thomson of Duddingston, who lived in the village.
Below this is a sketch of a harbour nestled in the cliffy banks of a river, probably the Firth of Forth, with boats in the harbour, and mountains in the distance. Janet Carolan has suggested Eyemouth as a possible location for this view.2

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

Finberg 1909, I, p.482, CLXVI 28a.
David Wallace-Hadrill, unpublished notes, [circa 1989–94], Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Rocks off the Coast of Dunbar; Duddingston Loch; ?Eyemouth 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-rocks-off-the-coast-of-dunbar-duddingston-loch-eyemouth-r1132043, accessed 27 October 2021.