Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Northern Side of Edinburgh Castle

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
D13438
Turner Bequest CLXV 63 a

Catalogue entry

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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