Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Princes Street, with the Stewart Monument from Calton Hill

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
D26406
Turner Bequest CCLXIX 77

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this is one of a series of sketches of Edinburgh from near the Stewart Monument (not the Burns’ Monument as Finberg suggested) on Calton Hill.1 Taken from Regent Road to the south of Calton Hill it looks west along Prince’s Street to Edinburgh Castle with the Governor’s House of Calton Gaol at the bottom left and the monument at the upper right. This is one of a series of sketches that explore different compositions of the view of Edinburgh with the Stewart Monument in the foreground. See folio 79 verso (D26411) for further information.

Thomas Ardill
November 2010

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.867.

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