Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of the Forth

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13560
Turner Bequest CLXVI 57

Catalogue entry

With the book turned to the left Turner has made two views of distant landscapes. The top sketch shows a view of a ruin near the Firth of Forth looking towards an island, perhaps Inchkeith. The lower sketch shows a building and a tower in a hilly landscape. Although both are too distant to make identification certain they could be Linlithgow Palace and Church from the east with the Bathgate Hills beyond, a view that Turner made on folio 32 verso (D13512) from closer to. The two suggested views could both have been made from somewhere near Hopetoun House where Turner made other views of the landscape and views across the Firth of Forth (see folios 40, 42 verso–44; D13527, D13532–D13535).
Verso:
Blank, though there is a slight imprint from folio 58 (D13561).

Thomas Ardill
January 2008

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