Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Edinburgh: St Andrew’s Church, Melville Monument, Calton Gaol


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 163 × 104 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXVII 63

Catalogue entry

Although the sketch at the top of this page has not been identified, the other sketches were all made in Edinburgh. The top sketch is of a bridge with five arches which crossed a river, with spires on each side and hills in the distance. While one may assume that this is Edinburgh with North Bridge, that bridge had three large arches, with a narrow arch either side. It is possible that this may be a view of Inverness with the Old Ness Bridge, or one of the bridges in Aberdeen.
At the centre left of the page is a sketch of the spire of St Andrew’s Church (now St Andrew’s and St George’s) in George Street, with the portico of the church drawn to the left. At the centre right is the Melville Monument nearby in St Andrew’s Square. At the bottom of the page is a sketch of Calton Gaol on Calton Hill, with part of North Bridge in the foreground and part of the General Register House at the left. All of these sights were familiar to Turner from previous visits to Scotland. Turner made a sketch of Edinburgh’s Tron Kirk on folio 103 verso (D27171).

Thomas Ardill
May 2010

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