Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from St Anthony’s Chapel, Edinburgh; and ?Dollar from Castle Campbell

1834

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26416
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 82

Catalogue entry

Although these two views of landscapes from a hilltop come at the start of a series of views of Edinburgh from St Anthony’s Chapel (see folio 81 verso; D26415), there are no topographical or architectural features that make these sketches easily identifiable as anything other than a possible view north towards the Firth of Forth. The only possible clue is the mound at the left which, while not resembling Edinburgh Castle Rock here, does somewhat resemble the sketch of the castle on folio 83 verso (D26419).
The smaller sketch at the bottom of the page carries an inscription that could say ‘Dollar’, suggesting that this sketch is in fact a view towards the town of Dollar from Castle Campbell, various sketches of which are nearby in this sketchbook; see folio 70 verso (D26393) for references.

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

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