Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Firth of Forth

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13554
Turner Bequest CLXVI 53 a

Catalogue entry

This double-page sketch (continued on folio 54; D13555) shows the same view along the Firth of Forth as folios 47 verso–48 (D13542–D13543) where a group of people stand on a beach by a domed pavilion and a twin-gabled building. Finberg suggested the scene was on the ‘north side of the Firth of Forth’,1 and David Wallace-Hadrill proposed that this might be North Queensferry, in which case the view is looking east.2 There are views of the Firth of Forth throughout this sketchbook covering the area around Dunbar and North Berwick, and between Leith and Blackness Castle on the southern banks, and around North Queensferry and Rosyth Castle on the Fife banks (see Edinburgh, 1818 sketchbook Introduction).

Thomas Ardill
April 2008

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.483, CLXVI 53a.
2
David Wallace-Hadrill, unpublished notes, [circa 1989–94], Tate catalogue files.

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