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 61 Recto:
Edinburgh from the North-West 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 58
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ?‘Crm’
Inscribed in blue ink ‘58’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 58’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this view of Edinburgh from the north-west, continuing on folio 60 verso (D13687; CLXVII 57a), the most prominent landmarks are Arthur’s Seat to the right of which is Edinburgh Castle, with the dome of St George’s Church in front of it, and the crown spire of St Giles’s Cathedral just visible to the left.
The sketch is taken from a hill, beneath which the rooftops of several houses can be seen. Turner’s inscription ‘Crm’ could stand for ‘Cramond’, an area to the north-west of Edinburgh by the Firth of Forth. There is a similar view, but from further off, on folios 59 verso–60 (D13685–D13686; CLXVII 56a–57), and subsequent pages in this sketchbook witness Turner’s progress towards Edinburgh (folios 62–67; D13690–D13700; CLXVII 59–64).

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-r1132235, accessed 02 March 2021.