Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh Castle from the South

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
D13396
Turner Bequest CLXV 42 a

Catalogue entry

Edinburgh Castle is seen here from the outskirts of the city in the south. Turner was interested in sketching the castle from all directions, from close up and from a distance, and he seems to have circuited Edinburgh sketching the city and staring up at the castle with views from Braid Hill in the south, Craiglockhart from the south-west, Corstorphine and Murrayfield in the west, Dean Cemetery in the north-west, Calton Hill in the north-east, and Arthur’s Seat in the east. By viewing Edinburgh Castle from a distance, Turner was able to see it against a rural landscape and thus, as he has here, frame the picture with trees and include foliage in the foreground. There are two similar views of the castle in this sketchbook, but from a little further away on folios 44 and 44 verso (D13400, D13399; CLXV 44, 44a).

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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