Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kirkstall Abbey: the Dormitory Undercroft

1808

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 109 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07263
Turner Bequest CVII 6

Catalogue entry

This is the same subject, from a different angle, as a watercolour exhibited by Turner at the Royal Academy in 1798, under the title Refectory of Kirkstall Abbey, Yorkshire (Sir John Soane’s Museum, London).1 In fact, the subject is the dormitory undercroft as noted by David Hill.2 This later sketch hints at standing water and sheltering cattle as also seen in the watercolour. For Turner’s design of the same subject for the Liber Studiorum see Tate D08142; Turner Bequest CXVII O.
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.325 no.234.
2
David Hill, Turner in the North: A Tour through Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, the Scottish Borders, the Lake District, Lancashire and Lincolnshire in the Year 1797, New Haven and London 1996, p.22.
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David Blayney Brown
October 2010

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