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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh, from near Stockbridge 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
Edinburgh, from near Stockbridge 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 36a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From Stockbridge, in the north-west of Edinburgh where he sketched St Bernard’s Well, Turner looked south to make this panorama of Edinburgh across two sketchbook pages (continuing folio 39; D13648; CLXVII 37). The drawing employs an economical, faint pencil line to record the outlines of the city’s landmarks without including any detail. At the left of the present page is Arthur’s Seat with Calton Hill in front of it, on top of which sits the tower of Nelson’s Monument. The open-crown spire of St Giles’s Cathedral can be seen at the far right of the page, and in the foreground is part of Edinburgh’s New Town.
There is light foxing across the page.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Edinburgh, from near Stockbridge 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-stockbridge-r1132194, accessed 23 September 2019.