Joseph Mallord William Turner
Whalley Abbey, with River near Foreground c.1799

Artwork details

Whalley Abbey, with River near Foreground
From Lancashire and North Wales Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLV
Date c.1799
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 330 x 228 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLV 34 a
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Turner went to Whalley, near Blackburn in Lancashire, in the autumn of 1799. He had been commissioned to design illustrations for the Rev TD Whittaker's History of the Parish of Whalley published in 1800–01. This sketch shows him exploring the picturesque potential of the medieval abbey at Whalley. By the time Turner visited it, the building had fallen into disrepair.

August 2004

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