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The subject is drawn with the page turned horizontally. David Hill suggests that this drawing was made from a distance ‘in order to obtain a view which united the ruins with the river.’ The pencil drawing indicates the sharp curve of the Swale to the left immediately below the spectator, whereas a large finished watercolour based on it gives the impression that the viewer is on the opposite bank. This watercolour dates from shortly after Turner’s visit and is now in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.1 He made a similar view of the abbey for Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire in about 1821 (British Museum, London).2 A third composition, showing the ruins from upstream, is recorded in a watercolour (British Museum)3which, Hill surmises, was worked up on a leaf from the Tweed and Lakes sketchbook.
Another drawing of Easby Abbey is on folio 25 recto (D00930; Turner Bequest XXXIV 24).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram