Joseph Mallord William Turner

Skyline of Edinburgh from Leith

1822

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17528
Turner Bequest CC 11

Catalogue entry

From Leith Turner studied the Edinburgh skyline in three sketches across this page. The three sketches are in fact a continuous panorama with the sketch below continuing at the left from the right of the one above. Objects on the skyline are from left to right: Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, upon which are Nelson’s Monument and Calton Gaol, the Melville Monument, St Giles’s Cathedral, St Andrew’s Church, Edinburgh Castle, St George’s Church and the Pentland Hills continuing on to the bottom sketch. The significance of the inscription is not clear.
Edinburgh is also seen in the distance of sketches of Leith on the following folios 51 verso, 53, 54, 62, 62 verso, 63, and 77 (D17594, D17597, D17599, D17615, D17616, D17617, D17642). John Ruskin mentioned the ‘Many interesting outlines of Edinburgh’ in his endorsement on this sketchbook’s original wrapper.1 The statement probably refers to the sketches from Edinburgh Castle (see folio 36 verso; D17565) as well as these distant views.
1
John Ruskin, quoted in Finberg 1909, I, p.610.
Verso:
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Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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