Joseph Mallord William Turner

Continuation of a View of Edinburgh from the Village of Dean


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CC 38

Catalogue entry

At the left of the page is the continuation of a drawing of Edinburgh from Dean’s Village on folio 37 verso (D17567), with Edinburgh Castle. Separated from this sketch with a box around it is a rather slight sketch of a multi-arched bridge. This is likely to be another view towards Edinburgh from the Water of Leith (see the inside front cover of this sketchbook; D40687 for further references). The bridge therefore crosses the river and the faint square shape above is probably Edinburgh Castle, perhaps with St George’s Church to its left. The picture is framed by a tree at the right, in a typically Claudian manner; an approach that Turner adopted in other views of Edinburgh from the Water of Leith (Tate D13690; Turner Bequest CLXVII 59).

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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