Joseph Mallord William Turner

Jedburgh Abbey from the West; and Inscriptions by Turner

1831

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 96 x 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41232

Catalogue entry

At the top of the page there is a pencil inscription by Turner:
         15 
          3 
          4 
          5 
         13 
Railway   6 6 
         Jedburgh 
With the sketchbook turned to the right is a sketch that David Wallace-Hadrill recognised as Jedburgh Abbey.1 This is the west end of the abbey where there is a rose window in the gable and an ornate arched entrance. The sketch continues onto folio 1 (D25644) where the door is shown along with several other architectural details. In his attempt to make the sketch fit into the available space on the page Turner has made the abbey appear more squat than it actually is. Above the sketch to the left is a small study of part of two arches, probably from the clerestory level of the north or south sides of the abbey.
There are further sketches of Jedburgh Abbey on folios 10 verso and 11 verso and 19 (D25660, D25662), and perhaps further sketches on folios 13, 23 verso and 48 verso (D25664, D25683, D25731), as well as in the Abbotsford sketchbook (Tate D26039; Turner Bequest CCLXVII 65 a).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
David Wallace-Hadrill, ‘Berwick CCLXV checklist’, [circa 1992], Tate catalogue files.

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