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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Linlithgow 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 54 Recto:
Linlithgow 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVII 51
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed in blue ink ‘51’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXVII 51’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued from folio 53 verso (D13674; CLXVII 50a), which shows Linlithgow Loch from the west, here Linlithgow Palace, St Michael’s Church, the Town House, and the town of Linlithgow are seen from left to right from a high vantage point across Linlithgow Loch, framed on either side by trees.
The double-page sketch comes in the middle of a series in this sketchbook of views of Linlithgow from the west (see folio 44 verso; D13658; CLXVII 42a), and is the most panoramic, taking in about a kilometre from south (folio 53 verso) to north (present page). To make the sketch Turner walked around to the west side of the Loch to the area called Linlithgow Bridge. This position offered the widest prospect of the area, enabling the artist to see and record the relationship between the palace and surrounding landscape.

Thomas Ardill
March 2008

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Linlithgow 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-linlithgow-r1132222, accessed 19 January 2022.