Joseph Mallord William Turner
Minster Abbey c.1805–9

Artwork details

Minster Abbey
From River and Margate Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIX
Date c.1805–9
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 115 x 190 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCIX 65 a
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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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