About this artwork

Roberts has created here a spectacular, panoramic view of Edinburgh. Highlights stand out clearly on the blue-green paper, drawing attention to the most interesting landmarks catching the sun. These include the Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy Building) on the Mound. The drawing was probably made in 1846 when Roberts returned to Edinburgh on a sketching tour. It is an interesting record of the site just four years before the foundation of the National Gallery of Scotland in 1850.

  • title: View of Edinburgh from the Ramparts of the Castle, Looking East
  • accession number: D 5508
  • artist: David RobertsScottish (1796 - 1864)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Castles
  • medium: Watercolour
  • date created: About 1846
  • measurements: 28.50 x 80.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 2000

David Roberts

David Roberts

Roberts' international renown as a landscape painter developed from the lithographs published after his watercolours, inspired by his travels in Europe and the Middle East. He appears in eastern dress in Robert Scott Lauder's splendid portrait of him in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Roberts was apprenticed to an Edinburgh house painter and worked on theatrical sets before establishing himself as a landscape artist. Inspired by Turner, he made regular expeditions abroad. His carefully composed, atmospheric paintings convey both the excitement of experiencing picturesque and exotic sites with fascinating details. Roberts' appointment as a Commissioner for the Great Exhibition of 1851, under the patronage of Prince Albert, confirmed his status.