David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1824)
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David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1824)

A view of Edinburgh from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle with, to the left, Prince's Street, the Scott Monument and the Royal Institution, in the distance, Calton Hill with the Nelson Monument, the Observatory, the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law, to the right, the Esplanade, the Royal Mile with St. Giles' Cathedral, Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat, with Highland soldiers in the foreground

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David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1824)
A view of Edinburgh from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle with, to the left, Prince's Street, the Scott Monument and the Royal Institution, in the distance, Calton Hill with the Nelson Monument, the Observatory, the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law, to the right, the Esplanade, the Royal Mile with St. Giles' Cathedral, Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat, with Highland soldiers in the foreground
signed 'David Roberts, R.A.' (lower left) and further inscribed indistinctly
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with touches of bodycolour, on two joined sheets of blue/green paper
11¼ x 28 in. (28.5 x 80 cm.)
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Lot Essay

A version of this view in oil, with slight variations, was painted by Roberts in 1847 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven) and lithographed by J.D. Harding, Scotland Delineated, 1847-53, facing p. 37. This watercolour may be a preliminary study for the oil painting. Roberts, when working on the oil painting in 1846, after a visit to Scotland, wrote to his friend D.R. Hay in Edinburgh asking him to send the following views of Edinburgh he'd seen in a print shop; Three shops below Widal corner on the north Bridge, Scott Monument; Royal Institution, longitudinal view; Register Office; Tron Kirk; Buildings on Carlton Hill and a Calyotype of A group of Highland Soldiers on the Half Moon Battery, in undress. It is certainly possible to date this watercolour to before 1850 as the National Gallery of Scotland is not depicted and the foundation stone for it was not laid until 1850.

We are grateful to Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz for her help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.
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