From Stockbridge, in the north-west of Edinburgh where he sketched St Bernard’s Well, Turner looked south to make this panorama of Edinburgh across two sketchbook pages (continuing folio 39; D13648; CLXVII 37). The drawing employs an economical, faint pencil line to record the outlines of the city’s landmarks without including any detail. At the left of the present page is Arthur’s Seat with Calton Hill in front of it, on top of which sits the tower of Nelson’s Monument. The open-crown spire of St Giles’s Cathedral can be seen at the far right of the page, and in the foreground is part of Edinburgh’s New Town.
There is light foxing across the page.