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).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘Kirkstall. AJF. | 141.2’.