Joseph Mallord William Turner

Eliseg’s Pillar

1794

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 275 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00334
Turner Bequest XXI H 1

Catalogue entry

The Pillar of Eliseg stands a little to the north of the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey on the banks of the Eglwyseg River, which joins the Dee to the north west of Llangollen.
Turner’s Latin text is transcribed from the inscription on the pillar. A recent transcription and translation runs as follows: ‘Quod hujus veteris Monumenti Superest Diu ex oculis remotum Et neglectum | Tandem restituit | T. LLOYD | de | TREVOR HALL | A. D. | M D C C L X X I X (That which remains of this old monument, long removed from eyes and neglected, T. Lloyd of Trevor Hall finally restored AD 1779)’.1
1
‘18th Century Inscription’, Project Elisig, accessed 2012, http://www.projecteliseg.org/?page_id=173.
Technical notes:
The sheet is folded, with the present horizontal study on one half, and an upright view of Valle Crucis Abbey on the other (Tate D00335; Turner Bequest XXI H 2). There is an inscription on the verso of the present half of the sheet (D40040).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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