Joseph Mallord William Turner

Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh

1834

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 181 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26101
Turner Bequest CCLXVIII 4

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the east end of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Abbey with the impressive tracery of the large east window. To the right is the northern wall of the building, with its ‘7’ buttresses and the tower at the north-west corner. There are studies of the abbey from the other side on folio 3 verso (D26100), where Turner also drew Holyrood Palace. These sketches were probably made on 1 October when Turner is reported to have sketched other sites nearby.1
There are light brown stains across the right of this page.

Thomas Ardill
January 2011

1
Robert Cadell, Diary 1834, Wednesday 1 October 1834, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh MS 21024, folio 42.

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