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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh from the South 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
Edinburgh from the South 1818
Turner Bequest CLXV 49
Pencil on white laid paper, 99 x 159 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXV 49’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has picked out key buildings and landmarks in this view of Edinburgh from the south, but left out the rest of the city so that the overall composition is rather bare. Framing the picture to the right is Arthur’s Seat; the dome of St Giles’s Cathedral and Nelson’s Monument are silhouetted against the sky and flank Heriot’s Hospital. The square building with columns and a pediment resembles Parliament House, though the relative position of these buildings is not entirely accurate. Many of these places are also depicted on folio 47 and 47 verso (D13405, D13406; CLXV 47, 47a), and folio 47 shows a similar view, although from further away and higher up.

Thomas Ardill
November 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Edinburgh from the South 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2007, 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-south-r1131951, accessed 02 March 2021.