Joseph Mallord William Turner

Holyrood and Arthur’s Seat

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
D13420
Turner Bequest CLXV 54 a

Catalogue entry

By contrasting the enormous extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat with the relatively diminutive Holyrood, Turner explores his favourite and recurring theme of the insignificance of man in the face of overpowering nature. The slight overhang of the hill threatens to collapse and crush the palace beneath, emphasising the Sublime nature of the scene, which is viewed from the east.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

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