Joseph Mallord William Turner

Heriot’s Hospital and Edinburgh Castle

1834

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26246
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 80

Catalogue entry

Like folio 81 (D26247), this view of Heriot’s Hospital School and Edinburgh Castle was made from the south-east of the school grounds. Turner stood on the driveway that is seen in the foreground of the sketch; there are figures with horses at the right. As on folio 79 (D26245), Heriot’s Hospital is depicted in outline only, the artist having made a special feature of the domes on the many tower and turrets, except for the clock tower which he drew in more detail; he also made a special study of the tower on folio 78 (D26243). An inscription next to the tower refers to a small architectural detail that Turner has sketched, noting ‘one is like [the] rest’.
For references to further sketches of Heriot’s Hospital, see folio 81.
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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