Joseph Mallord William Turner

Interior of the Ruins of Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire

1794

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 276 × 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00662
Turner Bequest XXVII A

Catalogue entry

Buildwas Abbey, a Cistercian foundation (originally for the Order of Savigny), was built in the mid-twelfth century; in its pastoral setting near the River Severn it was a subject popular with Picturesque topographers in the later eighteenth century; Paul Sandby (c.1730–1809) and Michael ‘Angelo’ Rooker (1746–1801), among others, recorded it. Turner made a different view of the interior of the ruins in about 1798 (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester),1 and a smaller watercolour of Buildwas was at Christie’s in 1862.2
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.327 no.247, reproduced.
2
Sir Walter Armstrong, Turner, London and New York 1902, p.244.
Technical notes:
There is a blue paint smear at the lower right.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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