Joseph Mallord William Turner

Minster Abbey

c.1805–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06472
Turner Bequest XCIX 65 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. These are the ruins of the priory and church of Minster Abbey on the Isle of Sheppey, where Turner must have come ashore. Founded in 664, partially rebuilt in Norman times and dissolved in 1536, the buildings had fallen into disuse. The church was restored and opened for worship in the later nineteenth century.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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