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David Roberts, 1796–1864
Edinburgh from the Castle
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
48 x 84 inches (121.9 x 213.4 cm)

Signed and dated in brown paint, lower left: "David Roberts R. A. 1847"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal | army | cannon | castle | church | city | cityscape | dog (animal) | feathers | hats | hills | kilt | royal | sea | soldiers | steeple | town | view | water
Associated Places:
Edinburgh | Edinburgh castle | Scotland | St Giles' Cathedral | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

David Roberts painted this view of Edinburgh as seen from the heights of Castle Rock, depicting landmarks such as the colonnaded Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy) at the far left, the recently completed Gothic revival Scott Monument to its immediate right, Calton Hill and its monuments in the center distance, and the extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat at the far right. The modernity of the scene is emphasized by the industrial smokestacks and railroad tracks, which divide the shadowed medieval Old Town on the right from the sunlit Georgian New Town on the left. For all its topographical specificity, however, the painting was executed in Roberts’s London studio from prints and photographs. Nonetheless, when exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1847, one critic felt it gave viewers “the most complete representation of the most picturesque city in the world . . . as if they had visited the city itself by railway.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 190-191, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Claudia Hopkins, Romantic Spain : David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 2019, NJ18 R5422 A12 2021 (OVERSIZE) (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Roberts, Record books., England, v. 1, fol. 135, no. 143, ND497.R63 R43 1829 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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