The drawing on this page continues from folio 7 verso (D25939; CCLXVII 7a) with a view of Edinburgh from Blackford Hill, made in preparation for an illustration to Marmion, volume 7 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works.1 This part of the picture shows the eastern half of the city with the spires of St Giles’s Cathedral and the Tron Kirk on the High Street at the centre left of the page and Calton Hill at the centre. On the hill are the City Observatory, Nelson’s Monument, and the National Monument. Although it is not clear in the drawing, Turner included Heriot’s Hospital School in the illustration, and it should be seen just beneath and to the left of St Giles’s. Beyond the city is the Firth of Forth with the island of Inchkeith and the distant shore of Fife. The picture is framed at the right by Arthur’s Seat and the view continues to the right on folio 11 and then on 13 (D25946, D25950; CCLXVII 11, 13), Turner having peeled back several pages to continue the view there.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1082.
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