This view shows the columns in the nave of the priory church of Lindisfarne. It was one of four North of England subjects in similar sepia colours for the Liber Studiorum, the group of Turner worked on between 1806 and the early 1820s. Even before Turner's visit the remains of the nave had begun to fall, but by 1820 the arches in this view had collapsed completely. Turner chose a bold and original way of presenting the ruins, confronting the broken wall head-on, and elivening the expanse of stone with contrasting areas of light and shade.
Gallery label, August 2004