Joseph Mallord William Turner

Whalley Abbey: The Ruined Cloisters

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 225 x 329 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01984
Turner Bequest XLV 44

Catalogue entry

Details of mouldings are studied below the main drawing, to the left. Made with the page turned horizontally, this was the basis for the untraced finished watercolour,1 engraved in 1800 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Whalley (Tate impression: T05928). It follows the study closely; Turner added a group of boys playing marbles on the turf in the foreground. Others views of the abbey are on folios 31 verso, 34 verso, 35 verso (D01961, D01967, D01969), and 44 recto (D01983; Turner Bequest XLV 43).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.332 no.288.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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