Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Northern Side of Edinburgh Castle 1818

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Artist
Title
The Northern Side of Edinburgh Castle
From Bass Rock and Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXV
Date 1818
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13438
Turner Bequest CLXV 63 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Verso:
The Northern Side of Edinburgh Castle 1818
D13438
Turner Bequest CLXV 63a
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Edinburgh Castle is seen from close by to the north, perhaps from Princes Street, if not from the drained Nor Loch that would, in the 1820s, become Princes Street Gardens. On the left is part of the Castle Esplanade, with the Gate House above it, the curtain wall can be seen running down the rock, the Forewell Battery is above and on the right is the Portcullis Gate. Seen from so close, much of the picture is taken up with the huge Castle Rock upon which the castle sits, rather than the castle itself. Turner uses hatching to shows shadows on the rock and indicate its craggy appearance.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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