Alexander Nasmyth

Edinburgh from the Calton Hill

About this artwork

Conceived as a pair with Princes Street with the Commencement of the Building of the Royal Institution, in this painting Nasmyth documents the distinctive character of his native city. Formed by an extinct volcano, Calton Hill sits between the port area of Leith and the eastern end of the New Town. It was a popular recreation spot where locals could enjoy panoramic views. In this busy scene he combines precise details such as Calton Jail in the foreground with his flair for dramatic evening skies.

Published October 2023

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Alexander Nasmyth

Alexander Nasmyth