Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kelso Abbey from the East

1831

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D26026
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 59

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook inverted is a study of Kelso Abbey from the abbey grounds to the east. The remains of the nave create a sort of cloister leading to the remains of the west tower. Turner’s sketch is supplemented by two studies at the right of arches, at the clerestory (top) and triforium (beneath) levels.
The study is one of three made in the vicinity of the abbey; see folio 19 verso (D25962; CCLXVII 19a) for more information on Turner’s visit to Kelso.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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