Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkstall Abbey: The Interior of the Ruined Crossing, Seen from the Nave

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 370 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01005
Turner Bequest XXXV 2

Catalogue entry

The ruins of this great Cistercian foundation, building of which was begun in 1152 and continued for much of the next century, are some of the best preserved in Yorkshire, and Turner drew them in unusual detail, covering several leaves in the two sketchbooks he used on this tour. They also inspired a number of finished works at various stages of his career. Other views at Kirkstall are folios on folios 6 recto and 12 recto (D01006, D01083; Turner Bequest XXXV 3, 81); those in the North of England sketchbook are Tate D00916–D00922 (Turner Bequest XXXIV 10a–16).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘Kirkstall. AJF. | 141.2’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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