Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh from Mill’s Mount Battery, Edinburgh Castle


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CC 59 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is the continuation of a view of Edinburgh from the Mill’s Mount Battery of Edinburgh Castle from folio 60 (D17611). The parapet of the battery runs along the foreground at the bottom of the page, and at the left is the Argyll Battery with its corner turret at the centre of the page (this is seen again in the sketch of the Argyll Battery on folio 60 verso; D17612). Turner’s note, ‘6’, refers to the six 18-pound guns that were installed around 1810 and still stand there today. The mouths of four of the barrels can be seen through the castellations, and another cannon is shown from behind on Mill’s Mount Battery.
The view beyond shows the tenements of Edinburgh’s Old Town at the top of the Lawnmarket with the spire of St Giles’s Cathedral protruding above. The faint profile of Arthur’s Seat can be discerned beyond.
The square shapes at the right of the page may be a continuation of the drawing on folio 60 (D17611).

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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