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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Southern Half of Bass Rock 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
?The Southern Half of Bass Rock 1818
Turner Bequest CLXV 14
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXV 14’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This subject of this sketch is uncertain. It may show the southern half of the Bass Rock as seen from the east, thereby completing the drawing on the previous page (D13346; CLXV 13a), although the two pages are above and below each other, not side by side. The sketch is too rough to make this identification certain, especially as the whole of the island is not shown, but the page’s position in the book makes it likely. Alternatively, it could show a cliff edge on the coast with rocks sticking out of the sea on the right, such as the headland below and to the north of Tantallon Castle, or even, the promontory of St Abb’s Head, the rocks around which Turner sketched at the beginning of this sketchbook (folio 2; D13324; CLXV 2).

Thomas Ardill
October 2006

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘?The Southern Half of Bass Rock 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2006, 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-southern-half-of-bass-rock-r1131889, accessed 25 July 2021.