Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26403
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 75 a

Catalogue entry

The buildings drawn at the top of this page are suggestive of some of the architecture on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill with, from left to right, Nelson’s Monument, the Stewart Monument (see folio 79 verso; D26411), and the Governor’s House of Calton Gaol. The houses in the foreground suggest a view from Leith Street just to the west of the hill. This sketch is inscribed ‘2’ and is Turner’s second view of the scene; see folio 75 (D26402).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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