Joseph Mallord William Turner

Edinburgh North Bridge; and Continuation of Edinburgh, from St Anthony’s Chapel


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 87 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted at what is now the top edge of the page is a sketch of a town with a bridge. Assuming that this is Edinburgh, which is depicted on the adjacent pages of the sketchbooks, this must be North Bridge with the tower of the Tron Kirk to the left. There are similar sketches on folio 88 (D26428).
At the bottom right of the page is the continuation of the sketch on folio 88 verso (D26429), Turner having peeled back the page to extend the view to the right. This is a view of Edinburgh from St Anthony’s Chapel in Holyrood Park. A little of the chapel ruins are depicted at the bottom left of the continued sketch with the ploughed fields to the right of Holyrood Palace at the right. A glimpse of the Firth of Forth can be seen at the top of the sketch with the shore of Fife beyond. For further sketches of Edinburgh from near St Anthony’s Chapel, see folio 89 verso (D26431).

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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