Joseph Mallord William Turner

Netley Abbey, Hampshire: The Interior of the Ruins

1795

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00429
Turner Bequest XXIV 22

Catalogue entry

The ruins of the Cistercian Abbey date from the thirteenth century and later. Selby Whittingham has noted that Turner’s watercolour of Chale Farm, based on a drawing in this book (see folio 29 recto; D00436; Turner Bequest XXIV 28) belonged to Sir Harry Crichton of Netley Abbey,1 and it is possible that the studies of the Abbey ruins on this and folio 23 recto (D00430) were made with a commission from the local family in mind. No watercolour views of Netley by Turner are recorded, however.
1
Selby Whittingham, ‘Picture Notes’, Turner Studies, vol.6, no.2, Winter 1986, p.67.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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