Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Peers' Ball at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 1822

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Artist
Title
The Peers' Ball at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
From King's Visit to Edinburgh Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CC
Date 1822
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17587
Turner Bequest CC 48
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Recto:
The Peers’ Ball at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 1822
D17587
Turner Bequest CC 48
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Graham’ left
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘48’ (very faint) bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CC 48’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing of a crowd of people is the second sketch of guests at the Peers’ Ball in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms on 23 August 1822. The first sketch (folio 47; D17585) has been identified as showing the Supper Room, a temporary extension to the building, accessed through the second ball room, the windows of which were removed. In this sketch the crowd appear to be filing into the ballroom through one of the archways.

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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