Joseph Mallord William Turner

New Abbey, near Dumfries

1831

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25853
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 47

Catalogue entry

This is one of two sketches that Turner made of the interior of New Abbey near Dumfries. The view is taken from the south transept and looks across the nave to the north transept. The view makes the most of the remaining vaulting to show how magnificent it once was, but contrasts this with the ruined wall at the top left. Two small diagrams at the bottom of the page were drawn by Turner to record the shape of the columns in cross sections and side on.
There is another sketch of the interior on folio 46 verso (D25852) and there is more information about Turner’s visit to New Abbey on folio 46 (D25851).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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