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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Northern Half of Bass Rock 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
The Northern Half of Bass Rock 1818
D13346
Turner Bequest CLXV 13a
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From the four sketches that precede it in this sketchbook (folios 11 verso–13; D13342–D13345; CLXV 11a–13), this slight sketch would appear to be of Bass Rock. Here Turner has depicted with a few simple lines only the northernmost half of the rock, with a hint of other, smaller rocks in the sea nearby. The missing half of the island may be drawn on the following page (D13347; CLXV 14).

Thomas Ardill
October 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The Northern Half of Bass Rock 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 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-the-northern-half-of-bass-rock-r1131888, accessed 17 January 2021.