Joseph Mallord William Turner

Brinkburn: Part of the Ruined West End of the Priory Church

1801

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02517
Turner Bequest LIII 34

Catalogue entry

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
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.398 no.843, reproduced.

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