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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Roslin Castle 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Recto:
Roslin Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 39
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Stones’ left
Stamped in black ‘CLXVI 39’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued from folio 38 verso (D13524) is a drawing of Roslin Castle, showing the woody banks of the glen to the right of the castle. The inscription ‘stones’ refers to the pebbly bank of the North Esk which runs through Roslin Glen below the castle. With the book turned to the right is another sketch of the castle again showing the descent from the castle to the glen with the large boulders that are included in Turner’s watercolour, Roslin Castle, circa 1820 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 Beyond the castle to the right can be seen the Pentland Hills. The sketch on folio 40 (D13527) combines the two views.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.426 no.1065.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Roslin Castle 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-r1132070, accessed 16 January 2022.