Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rievaulx Abbey: General View of the Valley from the West, with the Terrace Beyond

1801

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 164 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02792
Turner Bequest LIV 106 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The Terrace at Rievaulx was created by Thomas Duncombe in1758, rivalling the slightly earlier garden at Duncombe Park nearby. It consists of two ‘temples’ at either end of a grass promenade with extensive views over the Ryedale Valley and the site of Rievaulx.
Rievaulx was to form the subject of several of Turner’s later works; for his studies in this sketchbook, see under folios 1 recto and 102 verso (D02614, D02784).
Technical notes:
The leaf was not washed with the mauve-pink ground of the remainder of the book; other exceptions are folios 1, 4 and 107 (D02614, D02619–D02620, D02793–D02794).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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