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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Edinburgh, from the Water of Leith 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
Edinburgh, from the Water of Leith 1818
D13692
Turner Bequest CLXVII 60
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink ‘60’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 60’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continuing from folio 62 verso (D13691; CLXVII 59a), this is a view of Edinburgh from the Water of Leith in the north of the city. The river itself is half hidden by trees on both banks at the bottom of this page, while behind Edinburgh Castle looms above with the dome of St George’s Church in Charlotte Square on the right and the Braid Hills in the distance. The eastern half of the city is shown on the continuing page with Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and St Giles’s Cathedral.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Edinburgh, from the Water of Leith 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-water-of-leith-r1132239, accessed 22 May 2022.