Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dryburgh Abbey from the East

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D26052
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 72

Catalogue entry

This view of Dryburgh Abbey, made with the sketchbook inverted and continuing on folio 69 verso (D26052; CCLXVII 71a), has been regarded as one of three sketches that formed the basis of Turner’s watercolour, Dryburgh Abbey circa 1832 (Tate N05241),1 made as an illustration to volume 5 of Sir Walter Scott’s Poetical Works.2 However, despite the compositional similarity, and the fact that the abbey looks similar in the watercolour, this is in fact a view from the east rather than the south.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.428 no.1078.
2
Lyles 1992, p.44.

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