Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkstall Abbey from the River Aire

1808

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 109 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07258
Turner Bequest CVII 2

Catalogue entry

The view is from south-south-east of the abbey, near the weir across the Aire. A similar drawing, taken from slightly closer, runs across the verso and folio 3 (D07259–D07260). This was a favourite view for Turner since he first drew it in 1797 in his North of England sketchbook (Tate D00922; Turner Bequest XXXIV 16) and used it for a watercolour for Edward Lascelles (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).1 He drew it again in 1809, while staying at Farnley Hall, in the Kirkstall Lock sketchbook (Tate D12255; Turner Bequest CLV 14) and circa 1823 in the Brighton and Arundel sketchbook (Tate D18390; Turner Bequest CCX 48). His final treatment was the watercolour made circa 1824 for engraving in The Rivers of England (Tate D18146; Turner Bequest CCVIII M). Hill sees this subject as having become ‘something of a touchstone for him’.2

David Blayney Brown
October 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.324 no.224.
2
Hill 2008, p.169.

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