Bell Rock Lighthouse by Joseph Mallord William Turner art print

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28 x 35.6 cm

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28 x 35.6 cm art print featuring Bell Rock Lighthouse by Joseph Mallord William Turner from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This print comes delivered rolled in a cardboard tube.

Bell Rock is the oldest surviving rock lighthouse in the British Isles. It stands on a partially submerged reef off the east coast of Scotland, 11 miles from Arbroath. Designed by Robert Stevenson (1772–1850), Bell Rock was built using revolutionary methods. Stevenson commissioned Turner to produce an illustration for his book, Account of the Bell Rock Lighthouse in 1819. Although he had not visited the site, Turner created this dramatic scene, using his vast experience of painting the sea. It is based on Stevenson’s description of a storm battering the lighthouse.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic painter, printmaker, and watercolourist. Turner's detailed, expansive, and atmospheric artwork celebrates the diversity and emotive power of nature and transformed the art of landscape painting in Britain.  He was born in Covent Garden, the son of a barber, and exhibited his earliest sketches in his father's shop before studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Turner then became the youngest ever full member of the Royal Academy in 1802.