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For observations on Turner’s use of cows in compositions of this period see the Cows sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest LXII). The ruins have not been identified; they may be based on one or other of the abbeys along the River Tees in North Yorkshire, at Egglestone or Easby. See the 1797 North of England sketchbook (Tate D00931, D00934; Turner Bequest XXXIV 25, 28).
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