Joseph Mallord William Turner

Newark Priory from the North

1805

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06296
Turner Bequest XCVIII 105 a

Catalogue entry

Newark Priory is a twelfth-century Augustinian house near Ripley. The surviving ruins comprise the walls of the presbytery and south transept, rising to a steep gable. Hill surmises that the priory was Turner’s last stop on his trip along the Wey Navigation, eight miles and six locks from Guildford. He made four sketches in this sketchbook, looking at the ruins from different angles. The others are on folios 106 verso, 107 verso and 108 verso (D06298, D06300, D06302). Noting that they are generally from positions near the stream to the north, Hill observes that they ‘seem to have been made with the intention of arriving at an understanding of the layout of the walls’.1 Turner also made three oil sketches of the priory (including Tate N02302, N02677),2 presumably on the same visit working from the motif rather than later in the studio. These favour more southerly viewpoints.

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

1
Hill 1993, p.81.
2
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.123 nos.191, 192 (pls.191, 192).

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