Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh, from near Stockbridge

1818

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13646
Turner Bequest CLXVII 36 a

Catalogue entry

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.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

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