Joseph Mallord William Turner

Costumes: Laying of the Foundation Stone of the National Monument, Calton Hill


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CC 27 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right is a study of soldiers at the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone of the National Monument (see folio 22 verso; D17540). The procession to the monument was accompanied by Scot’s Greys and the 3rd Dragoons,1 and there was also a band whose uniform, recorded on folio 28 verso (D17552), is identical to that of the figure at the far left. The other four figures wear similar military jackets and hats with shoulder straps. The one at the right carries a flag as in folio 26 verso (D17548), and there are details of a badge or medallion and beneath it what may be a ‘red’ and ‘gold’ bag. The inscriptions seem to refer to the uniforms.

Thomas Ardill
October 2008

Robert Mudie, An Historical Account of His Majesty’s Visit to Scotland, Edinburgh 1822, p.259.

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