Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bolton Abbey and the River Wharfe, from the North


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 179 × 254 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 75

Catalogue entry

Bolton’s ruined church is seen to the south across the intervening loop in the River Wharfe, from the vicinity of the road to Barden Tower (see folio 15 verso; D09860; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 59a). There is a similar view, without the trees in the foreground framing the view here, on folio 14 recto (D09875; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 74). David Hill notes in his entry for Tate D12117
(Turner Bequest CLIV S), a drawing which he tentatively dates to 1808, appears to show exactly the same view as the present sketch (which he dates to around 1816), even down to the boughs of the trees in the right foreground.
For other views of the abbey see under folio 7 recto (D09874; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 73).

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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