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This view of Edinburgh Castle shows the west side with the Ordnance Stores, New Barracks, and Queen Anne Building. During his visit to Edinburgh in 1818 Turner drew the castle from all angles: from up close and from far away, in relation to various other parts of the city and in isolation. This process of looking and sketching helped Turner to gain a knowledge of the castle, to find the best views and provided him with a store of sketches and memories to work from. This sketch, concentrates on just a portion of the castle, playing particular attention to the architecture, and using hatching to help define the shape of the buildings.