After Joseph Mallord William Turner Whalley Abbey (Nearer View), engraved by Basire published 1800

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Whalley Abbey (Nearer View), engraved by Basire
Date Published 1800
Medium Engraving on paper
Acquisition Transferred from the British Museum 1988
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Turner visited Whalley in 1799 whilst
he was touring Lancashire. This is one
of ten topographical prints produced to illustrate Dr Thomas Whitaker's History
of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honour of Clitheroe in the Counties of Lancaster and York. This project provided a fairly limited subject matter for Turner,
at a time when rapid developments
were taking place in his career. Of the
ten prints produced, three were views
of Whalley Abbey. A more attractive commission was to follow in 1818
when Turner was asked to illustrate
Dr Whitaker's History of Richmondshire.

August 2004

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