Turner made a general view of the twelfth–century Augustinian Priory at Brinkburn on the same occasion, in the subsequently disbound Smaller Fonthill sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest XLVIII); no.8 in the checklist in that book’s Introduction (see the ‘Architectural and Other Subjects c.1797–1807’ section of this catalogue), it is now in the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. That drawing was used as the basis for the watercolour of about 1830 (Museums Sheffield),1 engraved for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales in 1832 (Tate impressions: T04597, T05091).
The cusped arcading and Romanesque doorway shown by Turner in this study are still visible today, though the church was heavily restored in the nineteenth century.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.843, reproduced.
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