Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Royal Squadron at Anchor; and a View of Edinburgh from Leith 1822

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Artist
Title
The Royal Squadron at Anchor; and a View of Edinburgh from Leith
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
D17620
Turner Bequest CC 65
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Recto:
The Royal Squadron at Anchor; and a View of Edinburgh from Leith 1822
D17620
Turner Bequest CC 65
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Faint signs of John Ruskin’s red ink inscription ?‘65’ top left inverted
Blindstamped with the Turner Bequest stamp bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CC 65’ top left inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook inverted are two rows of sketches of shipping at Leith with the royal squadron (see folio 64; D17618). Turner uses his shorthand technique which, despite its sparsity, provides information about the type and size of boats (the number of masts, spars, sails etc.) and details such as the lines of bunting and flags on some of the vessels, and people onboard the boat at the left of the top row.
At the bottom right of the page is the continuation from folio 64 verso (D17619) of the view of Edinburgh from Leith with Arthur’s Seat.
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
August 2008

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