Joseph Mallord William Turner

East Entrance of Linlithgow Palace, St Michael’s Church and Linlithgow Palace; Trees


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXVII 46

Catalogue entry

This page has been used for three sketches. At the left is a study of King James I’s coat of arms above the old east entrance to Linlithgow Palace, with one of the decorative niches that flank it either side. Above this are two of the finials that top the buttresses of the nearby St Michael’s Church. (See folios 44 and 46; D13657, D13661; CLXVII 42, 44 for sketches of the church and east façade of the palace, and Tate D02955; Turner Bequest LVI 22 in the Scotch Lakes sketchbook, 1801 for another study of the coat of arms).
At the bottom of the page is a small sketch of the church and palace from the north-east. St Michael’s is on the left where the north transept and crown spire are visible. To the left is the east side of the palace. The entrance can just be made out, along with the chimney stack. This follows three sketches of similar views (see folio 47; D13662; CLXVII 45). At the right of the page are several ‘ash’ trees that continue from the sketch on folio 47. Turner drew the inside of the east entrance on folio 57 (D13681; CLXVII 54).
There are several sooty marks at the top-right corner.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

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