Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Anthony’s Chapel with Edinburgh Castle in the Distance


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 89

Catalogue entry

Made from just north of St Anthony’s Chapel on the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park, this is one of a sequence of sketches depicting the view towards Edinburgh; see folio 89 verso (D26431) for further information and references. The ruined chapel is depicted twice on this page, first in the context of the view towards Edinburgh, and again below in a separate study. The larger view looks east across Holyrood Park to the city with Edinburgh Castle at the centre of the page, North Bridge to its right and Calton Hill at the far right of the sketch with part of Holyrood Palace beneath.
The second study of St Anthony’s Chapel, while quite sketchy, helps to clarify some of the details of the architecture, notably the remains of a wall at the left of the structure.

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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