After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Heriot’s Hospital 1822

Artwork details

Heriot’s Hospital
Date 1822
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 164 x 244 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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The sites Turner chose to depict for
Scott's Provincial Antiquities were all within a day's travelling distance of Edinburgh, if not in the city itself. Turner has populated this scene with lively activity, characteristically dressing his Scottish figures in tartan. However the main subject of this print can be seen in the centre of the picture, framed by the humbler buildings on the street known
as West Bow. In Turner's time the palatial Heriot's Hospital housed a charitable institution. Today the magnificent building is regarded as an outstanding example
of Scottish Renaissance architecture.

August 2004

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