Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Firth of Forth Towards Blackness Castle

1822

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17586
Turner Bequest CC 47 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing of a hilly riverbank, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right, repeats a view along the Firth of Forth towards Blackness Castle that Turner made on his previous visit to Scotland in 1818. The sketch across the middle of two pages in the Edinburgh 1818 sketchbook (Tate D13532–D13533; Turner Bequest CLXVI 42a–43) looks east along the southern shore of the Forth, and the castle is shown in outline just beyond a steeply sloping headland. The view was made from the beach near Hopetoun House (see folio 45 verso; D17582).

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

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