Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh Castle, Details

1818

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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
D13411
Turner Bequest CLXV 50

Catalogue entry

Having sketched the castle from the Esplanade on the previous page of this sketchbook (folio 51 verso; D13445; CLXV 67), Turner then moved closer to draw the Royal Palace. The main sketch on this page shows the top of the palace with its turrets and chimneys. The step-shape at the top left of the page may show the castle wall at the south of the castle. At the top of the page seems to be a plan or diagram, perhaps of part of the castle, that Turner has scribbled out, with another plan beneath.
The page has various inscriptions, but none are particularly legible. In the top right are a list of names, and written across the diagram is an illegible word and then ‘dark brown’.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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