Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh, from Arthur’s Seat 1818

Artwork details

Edinburgh, from Arthur’s Seat
From Bass Rock and Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXV
Date 1818
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 99 x 159 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXV 57 a
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Catalogue entry

The eastern side of Arthur’s Seat dominates this sketch with the craggy ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel on hill at the left of the picture. Edinburgh can be seen in the distance, with the outline of the castle and a few church spires as its only distinctive features in this slight sketch. In the centre right of the picture is the Palace of Holyrood and Holyrood Abbey, and at the top right is a miniature thumbnail sketch of a building on a hill. The viewpoint is very similar to that of folio 58 verso (D13424; CLXV 56a), which shows the city and hillside in more detail.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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