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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tantallon Castle 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Tantallon Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Rocky Ravine’ bottom
Inscribed in blue ink ‘11’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Tantallon Castle, taken from the east, shows the ruins of the structure in some detail. Unlike many of the other drawings of the subject in this sketchbook, which just give the overall shape of the castle, here architectural features such as the battlements, turrets and windows can be made out making it more obvious how the castle might have once looked. An inscription at the bottom of the page was made to remind the artist of the ‘Rocky Ravine’ just behind where he must have stood to make this drawing which continues at the left on folio 11 verso (D13604; CLXVII 10a). The next page shows a view of the castle from the west (folio 13; D13606; CLXVII 12).

Thomas Ardill
February 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Tantallon 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-tantallon-castle-r1132153, accessed 21 May 2022.