Joseph Mallord William Turner

York: The Minster Seen from the River, with St Mary’s Abbey

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 274 x 370 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01072
Turner Bequest XXXV 70

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the view is taken from the southern shore of the Ouse, with St Mary’s tower on the further bank, centre, and the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey visible at the left. Turner scholar David Hill observes that Turner took considerable interest in the activity of a boatyard housed at that time in the Abbey’s Hospitium. He also speculates that a watercolour of the same subject by Thomas Girtin (1775–1802) in the collection of Harewood House may have been based on this drawing. A closer view of the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey is on folio 86 recto (D01073; Turner Bequest XXXV 71).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.70’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

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