Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Albans Abbey from the North-East

1793

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 282 x 394 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00387
Turner Bequest XXIII M

Catalogue entry

The core of St Albans Abbey is an imposing twelfth-century nave with transepts; the Lady Chapel at the East end is of the thirteenth century. The Abbey became a cathedral only in 1877. A pencil drawing of the Abbey from the south-east corner was sold at Sotheby’s, London, 28 November 1922 (130, reproduced). Another, showing a Decorated window, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (P 105–1922); there is a finished watercolour based on it, in the same collection.1 See also Tate D00345, D00346, D00385, D01100 and D01893 (Turner Bequest XXI R, S, XXIII K, XXXVI F, XLIV Q).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.307–8 no.62, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a modern hand ‘14’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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