J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner The King's Landing at Leith 1822

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Verso:
The King’s Landing at Leith 1822
D17632
Turner Bequest CC 71a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Blindstamped with the Turner Bequest stamp bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Gerald Finley associates this sketch, made with the sketchbook inverted, with ‘The King’s Landing at Leith’.1 Although the flotilla of barges, shown on the opposite page (D17633) is not present, the image shows the point at which George IV alighted. The view is similar to the sketches on folios 58 verso and 66 verso (D17698, D17622) which show the arrival of the royal barge. Comparison with these two sketches explains the rather slightly sketched details. At the left is the Signal House and beneath this, along the quayside, are rows of figures ready to cheer the King’s arrival. There are more figures at the right standing on the yardarms of ships at anchor beyond a drawbridge to the south. Turner made one more drawing of the subject, with the King having just arrived on the landing stage, on a loose sheet of paper (Tate D17667; Turner Bequest CCIII J).

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

1
Finley 1981, p.85.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘The King’s Landing at Leith 1822 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-kings-landing-at-leith-r1132973, accessed 17 September 2014.