Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh from the North-West

1818

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13688
Turner Bequest CLXVII 58

Catalogue entry

In this view of Edinburgh from the north-west, continuing on folio 60 verso (D13687; CLXVII 57a), the most prominent landmarks are Arthur’s Seat to the right of which is Edinburgh Castle, with the dome of St George’s Church in front of it, and the crown spire of St Giles’s Cathedral just visible to the left.
The sketch is taken from a hill, beneath which the rooftops of several houses can be seen. Turner’s inscription ‘Crm’ could stand for ‘Cramond’, an area to the north-west of Edinburgh by the Firth of Forth. There is a similar view, but from further off, on folios 59 verso–60 (D13685–D13686; CLXVII 56a–57), and subsequent pages in this sketchbook witness Turner’s progress towards Edinburgh (folios 62–67; D13690–D13700; CLXVII 59–64).

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

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