Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Edinburgh from the East, with the Ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel in the Foreground

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 195 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02816
Turner Bequest LV 4 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 5 recto opposite (D02817). St Anthony’s Chapel, on an eminence in Holyrood Park, is thought to date from the fourteenth century. Its purpose is not known, though it seems likely that it served an oratory, with three bays and an upper room, presumably for a priest or hermit, who would say prayers for the souls of the departed, perhaps member of the Scottish Royal House whose palace Holyrood was.
As Turner’s quick sketch indicates, it was a fragmentary ruin in his day. It would figure prominently in one of his watercolour designs1 for Scott’s Tales of a Grandfather, engraved in 1836 (Tate impressions: T04750, T04985).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.432 – 3 no.1120, reproduced, as Indianapolis Museum of Art (subsequently stolen).

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