Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ellerton Priory, Swaledale, from the Downholme Road

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 125 x 206 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11473
Turner Bequest CXLVII 20

Catalogue entry

Ellerton Priory stands above the south bank of the River Swale about three quarters of a mile east of Marrick Priory. It was founded around 1200 as a community of Cistercian nuns, and was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537. Only the tower and walls of a fifteenth-century church now remain visible above ground, situated on private land. This sketch records the view up Swaledale from the east on the by-road to Downholme.
On the same tour, Turner sketched a similar view and another from a more distant, northerly aspect in the Yorkshire 2 sketchbook (Tate D11238, D11234; Turner Bequest CXLV 119, 117).
Verso:
Blank

David Hill
February 2009

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