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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh from the North-West 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Recto:
Edinburgh from the North-West 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 57
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink ‘57’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 57’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Edinburgh from the north-west (continuing on folio 59 verso; D13685; CLXVII 56a) is taken from such a distance that only the most prominent landmarks can be made out. Most obvious is Arthur’s Seat, to the left of which can be seen Calton Hill with Nelson’s Monument on top. In front is Edinburgh Castle which sits astride the Castle Rock. The sketch seems to have been made from a hillside which is depicted in the foreground with a single sweeping line, and the rooftops of several houses can be seen just below. There follows a sketch of a very similar view, made as Turner got closer to Edinburgh.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Edinburgh from the North-West 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-the-north-west-r1132233, accessed 21 August 2019.