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No recitation of Scottish history, such as Walter Scott’s Tales of a Grandfather written for his six-year-old grandson, would be complete without an image of Edinburgh, the ancient and historical capital of Scotland.
From his vantage point near the ruin of Saint Anthony’s Chapel, Turner was able to encompass a sweep of Scottish historical monuments. Edinburgh Castle, the seat of Scottish kings, overlooks the city on the left. Below, at the far right, is Holyrood House, the Scottish residence of the British monarchs. In the distance, the monument in the shape of an inverted telescope atop Calton Hill commemorates Admiral Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in 1805.
Ex Turner Sale 1873