Joseph Mallord William Turner

Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and The Firth of Forth

1818

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13405
Turner Bequest CLXV 47

Catalogue entry

As Finberg suggests, this sketch shows the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh.1 The drawing was perhaps made from Blackford Hill (from which Turner sketched the city, see folio 46 verso; D13404; CLXV 46a) towards the Firth of Forth with the island of Inchkeith and the north shore of the Firth of Forth behind. In the middle distance are the rooftops of Edinburgh, represented with simple step-shapes, and the towering Nelson’s Monument on Calton Hill. Framing the composition on the right is Arthur’s Seat.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.480, CLXV 47.

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