Joseph Mallord William Turner

Whalley Abbey: The Ruins, with the West Gate

1799

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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
D01983
Turner Bequest XLV 43

Catalogue entry

Turner used this drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, as the basis for his finished watercolour (private collection),1 engraved in 1800 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Whalley (Tate impression: T05927). The tower of the parish church of St Mary is visible to the left of the gatehouse. Other views of the Abbey are on folios 31 verso, 34 verso and 35 verso (D01961, D01967, D01969), and 45 recto (D01984; Turner Bequest XLV 44).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.332 no.287.
Technical notes:
The drawing is rubbed, with blue and brown paint smears.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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