Joseph Mallord William Turner

View on the Firth of Forth with ?Rosyth Castle

1818

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13536
Turner Bequest CLXVI 44 a

Catalogue entry

This view along the Firth of Forth may show Rosyth Castle standing, as it did then, on a low promontory that was covered at high tide.1 Although it is only shown in outline, the general shape matches that of the castle, meaning that this view is looking west along the north shore of the Forth. The drawing continues on folio 45 (D13537) which shows the steep banks of the Forth towering above a small house or shack.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

1
In the early part of the twentieth century the land around the castle was reclaimed and is now a dockyard. See also folio 48 verso (D13544; CLXVI 48a) for more information.

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