J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh from Near Dean Cemetery 1822

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
Edinburgh from Near Dean Cemetery 1822
Turner Bequest CC 9a
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 114 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘B[...] Bridge [...] [...] m[...] [?]Leith [?]water’ top
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The view of Edinburgh on this page, made with the sketchbook turned to the right was already familiar to Turner, having sketched almost exactly the same scene a few years previously (Tate D13690; Turner Bequest CLXVII 59). Finberg identified that view as ‘Edinburgh from near Dean’s Cemetery’, meaning that the bridge at the right which crosses the Water of Leith was probably the Belford Road Bridge. This might be what is written at the top of the page. The view looks along the water with cottages of Dean Village on the right and the Georgian houses of Edinburgh New Town beyond. Edinburgh Castle rises above the city and the spire of St Andrew’s Church is to the left.
Above the sketch are a small thumbnail of the same view and a slight sketch of a woman working with a cart or stall. The inscription at the top of the page refers to the bridge, but the rest of the note, which may refer to the activity of the woman, is indecipherable.
There are similar views of Edinburgh from the Water of Leith and Village of Dean on the inside front cover of this sketchbook and on folios 37 verso–38, 76 verso and 77 verso (D40687, D17567–D17568, D17641 and D17643).

Thomas Ardill
September 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Edinburgh from Near Dean Cemetery 1822 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-edinburgh-from-near-dean-cemetery-r1132866, accessed 29 May 2024.