Joseph Mallord William TurnerEdinburgh: The Castle, North Bridge and Heriot's Hospital 1834

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Artist
Title
Edinburgh: The Castle, North Bridge and Heriot's Hospital
From Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII
Date 1834
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26245
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 79
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Recto:
Edinburgh: The Castle, North Bridge and Heriot’s Hospital 1834
D26245
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 79
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 181 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘79’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLXVIII –79’ top right running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the top of the page is one of two sketches that Turner made of Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket to the south. The other sketch on folio 64 (D26219) concentrates on the buildings in the Grassmarket but neglects the castle, indicating its presence with a rough outline only. The current sketch fills in this detail. The castle Esplanade to the right is continued in a separate sketch, drawn with the book turned to the right at the left of the page. For further sketches of the castle, see folio 63 verso (D26218).

Across the bottom half of the page the castle is seen again, this time in the background of a sketch from the terrace of Heriot’s Hospital school. The school lies to the south of the castle, and this view is from the south-east corner of the terrace looking north, with the school to the left and the castle to the right. While both buildings are shown in outline only, the onion domes of Heriot’s Hospital make it easily recognisable. Turner drew Heriot’s Hospital on 1 October 1834, providing a date for this sketch. For further sketches of the school, see folio 81 (D26247).
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Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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