Drawn with the sketchbook inverted across this page and folio 84 (D26420) is a view towards Edinburgh from the northern slopes of Arthur’s Seat. It is one of a sequence of similar views of the city drawn on 1 October in preparation for an illustration to Sir Water Scott’s Prose Works: see folio 89 verso (D26431).
Very little of the city is actually depicted in this rather diagrammatical sketch. Edinburgh Castle perched on Castle Rock, however, is recognisable at the centre of the present page as is the open-crown spire of St Giles’s Cathedral to the right. The gothic spire of the Tron Kirk is indicated very roughly to the right of this.