Joseph Mallord William Turner

Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Church

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 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13669
Turner Bequest CLXVII 48

Catalogue entry

Linlithgow Palace (left) and St Michael’s church tower (right) are seen in this sketch from the bottom of a steep bank to the south-west. At the top of the bank two figures stand on the slope, and below at the left two more stand, reflected in the water of Linlithgow Loch (as in folio 51; D13671; CLXVII 49). Turner’s inscription refers to the ‘road’ that forms a ‘boundary’ around the castle and church at the top of the bank.
There are two further sketches of the palace and church from the south-west: folio 51, in which Linlithgow Loch is also visible, and folio 52 (D13663; CLXVII 45b), from a high vantage point further to the south from where the town of Linlithgow is also visible.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

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