Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh from the South

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13409
Turner Bequest CLXV 49

Catalogue entry

Turner has picked out key buildings and landmarks in this view of Edinburgh from the south, but left out the rest of the city so that the overall composition is rather bare. Framing the picture to the right is Arthur’s Seat; the dome of St Giles’s Cathedral and Nelson’s Monument are silhouetted against the sky and flank Heriot’s Hospital. The square building with columns and a pediment resembles Parliament House, though the relative position of these buildings is not entirely accurate. Many of these places are also depicted on folio 47 and 47 verso (D13405, D13406; CLXV 47, 47a), and folio 47 shows a similar view, although from further away and higher up.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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