Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D13418
Turner Bequest CLXV 53 a

Catalogue entry

Calton Hill is distinguishable by the tall column of Nelson’s Monument which is emphasised in the sketch as a black silhouette. This is one of several views of Edinburgh taken from the south, and was probably drawn from the foot of Salisbury Craigs. Indeed the shapes in the foreground are probably large boulders of rock from the hill. Calton Hill is shown in the shadow of a mass of clouds overhead, and there are more heavy clouds to the left of the picture. The building on the left may be the ruins of St Antony’s Chapel.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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