The subject is continued on folio 10 recto opposite (D02937). The fifteenth-century royal palace, in effect a large fortified manor house, at Linlithgow, and its imposing church of St Michael’s close by, form an impressive group of which Turner made several sketches. In 1821 he was to make a finished watercolour view of the palace (Manchester Art Gallery),1 engraved in 1822 for Walter Scott’s Provincial Antiquities of Scotland (Tate impressions: T04498, T06065).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1068.