Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees, with a Distant View of ?Edinburgh Castle

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02856
Turner Bequest LV 31 a

Catalogue entry

This slight drawing was made with the pages turned horizontally, and is continued on folio 32 recto opposite (D02857). It is difficult to decipher. The distant rectangular building is likely to be Edinburgh Castle, but the tower in the mid-distance is more puzzling; it may be rapid shorthand for the rotunda at St Bernard’s Well (see folios 19 verso–20 recto and 21 verso–22 recto; D02836–D02837, D02840–D02841).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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