Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Castle from the West

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13442
Turner Bequest CLXV 65 a

Catalogue entry

Turner studied Edinburgh Castle from all sides and made sketches from close to showing the architecture and shape of the crag on which it stands, as well as drawing it from the outskirts of the city, showing the landscape within which it stands. This view of the ‘Castle from the West’, is taken from close to, and as a consequence shows much more of the Castle Rock than the buildings of the castle itself. Turner made a similar study a few pages earlier in this sketchbook (folio 66 verso; D13440; CLXV 64a), though from the north-west. The turret in the centre of folio 66 verso is therefore at the far left of the drawing on this page. The buildings shown are, on the left, the cart sheds, and, on the right, the Ordnance Stores.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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