About this artwork

Turner produced three views of Edinburgh for Sir Walter Scott’s Provincial Antiquities. Here he focuses on the construction of Regent Bridge and Waterloo Place, at the foot of Calton Hill. This ambitious project to bridge the deep ravine at Low Calton resulted from a need to create a route to the large new city jail, shown in the left foreground. Evidence of continuing building work can be seen in the long mason’s shed to the east of Regent Bridge. The silhouettes of the Castle, St Giles’s Cathedral and the Tron Church are shown on the horizon, with the Pentland Hills in the distance beyond.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Edinburgh from Calton Hill
  • date created:
    About 1819
  • materials:
    Watercolour over pencil with gouache and scraping out on wove paper
  • measurements:
    16.80 x 24.90 cm (framed: 58.90 x 43.70 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased by Private Treaty via Christie's with support by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the assistance of the Art Fund 1998
  • accession number:
    D 5446
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner