Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Royal Squadron at Anchor; and a View of Edinburgh from Leith

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17620
Turner Bequest CC 65

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted are two rows of sketches of shipping at Leith with the royal squadron (see folio 64; D17618). Turner uses his shorthand technique which, despite its sparsity, provides information about the type and size of boats (the number of masts, spars, sails etc.) and details such as the lines of bunting and flags on some of the vessels, and people onboard the boat at the left of the top row.
At the bottom right of the page is the continuation from folio 64 verso (D17619) of the view of Edinburgh from Leith with Arthur’s Seat.
Verso:
Blank

Thomas Ardill
August 2008

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