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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View on the Firth of Forth with ?Rosyth Castle 1818

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
View on the Firth of Forth with ?Rosyth Castle 1818
Turner Bequest CLXVI 44a
Pencil on white wove paper, 90 x 112 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view along the Firth of Forth may show Rosyth Castle standing, as it did then, on a low promontory that was covered at high tide.1 Although it is only shown in outline, the general shape matches that of the castle, meaning that this view is looking west along the north shore of the Forth. The drawing continues on folio 45 (D13537) which shows the steep banks of the Forth towering above a small house or shack.

Thomas Ardill
December 2007

In the early part of the twentieth century the land around the castle was reclaimed and is now a dockyard. See also folio 48 verso (D13544; CLXVI 48a) for more information.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘View on the Firth of Forth with ?Rosyth 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-view-on-the-firth-of-forth-with-rosyth-castle-r1132081, accessed 21 May 2019.