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  • Title: Dunstanburgh
  • Medium: Oil
  • Substrate: 12oz Cotton Duck Canvas
  • Size: 80cm x 80cm
  • Style: Contemporary
  • Frame: yes

After and original oil painting by David Stead, this beautiful limited edition print is on deep profile, archival quality canvas. The print comes with a certificate of authentication.

Dunstanburgh Castle, just outside Craster is in the heart of the stunning county of Northumberland one of Stead’s favourite places and somwhere he visits often, to paint or to get away from it all. The painting forms part of the ‘Turner Project’,

Dunstanburgh is one of several major castles guarding the North East coast of England. It is built on the Whin Sill, a tabular layer of igneous rock which covers much of County Durham and Northumberland. It is dated at around 301- 294 million years old, thus spanning the Carboniferous/Permian boundary. The rock is dark, bordering blue/black and makes a striking counterpoint to the sand and crashing waves of the North Sea.

Dunstanburgh was painted by JMW Turner on several occasions though he seems to have visited only once during his tour of the North of England in 1797. Although Turner seems to have explored the castle only once, it was one of the subjects he depicted most often in his career, its ruins allowing him to meditate on the contrasts between past and present. Coming from London, the huge skies, crashing waves and vast open spaces must have come as a welcome assault to the young Turner’s senses and the sights of Northern England – Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland stayed with him throughout his life.

Additional information

Dimensions 76 × 76 cm
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