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 14 Recto:
Tantallon Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink ‘13’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Tantallon Castle was taken from just west of the headland upon which it stands and is a continuation of a drawing on folio 13 verso (D13607; CLXVII 12a) where we look out to sea towards the Bass Rock. The fourteenth-century castle shows the scars of several sieges and the decay of time with its ruins indicated by serrated lines. This sketchbook contains many further sketches of the castle from various different viewpoints.

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-r1132156, accessed 21 May 2022.