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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 99 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXV 57

Catalogue entry

Turning to his right from where he stood on Arthur’s Seat to draw the view on folio 58 verso (Tate D13424; Turner Bequest CLXV 56a), Turner looks towards Calton Hill with the clearly depicted Nelson’s Monument and City Observatory on its summit. His inscriptions refer to the early evening autumnal light – ‘pink’ and ‘warm’ – and the subjects of his picture – ‘Calton Hill’ and ‘the Castle’ – which is just visible to the left, with North Bridge to its right connecting the Old Town to Princes Street in the New Town. Turner tried many different views of Edinburgh from the south, most of which include the castle and Calton Hill, and many also show the bridge.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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