Joseph Mallord William TurnerValle Crucis Abbey 1808

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Valle Crucis Abbey
From Tabley No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CIII
Date 1808
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 226 x 295 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CIII 14
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Valle Crucis Abbey 1808
Turner Bequest CIII 14
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 226 x 295 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CIII 14’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg’s tentative suggestion of Valle Crucis for both this and folio 23 (D06842; Turner Bequest CIII 13) is correct and establishes that Turner took the sketchbook with him on his tour into North Wales and the Dee Valley in 1808 (see Introduction).
Turner had already visited Valle Crucis during a Welsh tour in 1794, and made a finished watercolour of the subject (Tate D00703; Turner Bequest XXVIII R).

David Blayney Brown
May 2010

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