Joseph Mallord William TurnerNetley Abbey, Hampshire: The Interior of the Ruins 1795

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Artist
Title
Netley Abbey, Hampshire: The Interior of the Ruins
From Isle of Wight Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XXIV
Date 1795
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 264 x 204 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00429
Turner Bequest XXIV 22
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Netley Abbey, Hampshire: The Interior of the Ruins 1795
D00429
Turner Bequest XXIV 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 264 x 204 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 22’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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