Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26057
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 74 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Dryburgh Abbey was made from a tree-covered bank to the south-west, and looks through the ruins of the south range towards the rose window of the west gable of the refectory at the right, and the window of the south transept beyond. To the left of that are the remains of the nave and north transept. There is a view from nearby on folio 73 (D26058; CCLXVII 75).
The sketch is one of a number of close-up studies of Dryburgh Abbey (folios 71 verso–73 verso (D26055–D26059; CCLXVII 73a–75a), made when Turner visited it on 8 August (see folio 9; D25942; CCLXVII 9).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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