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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Roslin Castle; and a Headland 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
Roslin Castle; and a Headland 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 38a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of Roslin Castle has a similar view to a drawing earlier in the sketchbook (folio 26 verso; D13500) and to another in the Scotch Antiquities sketchbook (Tate D13704; Turner Bequest CLXVI 69). We look up at the castle from the glen below with a mass of trees and shrubs covering the hillside on folio 39 (D13525; CLXVI 39) where the sketch continues. There is another view of Roslin Castle on folio 39.
At the bottom of the present page is a slight sketch of a building on a headland, perhaps Blackness Castle in the Firth of Forth, though it is not clear enough to be certain, especially as the two drawings overlap.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Roslin Castle; and a Headland 1818 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-roslin-castle-and-a-headland-r1132069, accessed 19 January 2022.