Joseph Mallord William Turner Egglestone Abbey, Seen from the River Tees 1797

Artwork details

Egglestone Abbey, Seen from the River Tees
From North of England Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXXIV
Date 1797
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 270 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 27
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Catalogue entry

In this drawing, made with the page turned vertically, Egglestone Abbey is seen from across the River Tees; other views of the site are on folios 29 recto and 95 recto (D00934, D01001; Turner Bequest XXXIV 28, 90), the latter a rapid and generalised note of the presbytery and canons’ dormitory. Turner visited Egglestone again in 1816 when he was preparing his series of illustrations for Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire, and made a drawing in his Yorkshire 4 sketchbook (Tate D11492; Turner Bequest CXLVII 31a) which almost replicates this composition. From it he derived a finished watercolour for Whitaker (private collection).1 Peter Bower notes that the mill in the foreground was James Cooke’s paper mill, which continued in the family until 1830. On folio 95 recto (D01001; Turner Bequest XXXIV 90) there is a schematic drawing of the interior of a mill, possibly, as Hill suggests,2 Cooke’s.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.365 no.565, reproduced.
Hill 1996, p.192.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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