Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lindisfarne, Holy Island: The Interior of the Priory Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 270 × 210 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXIV 50

Catalogue entry

This drawing shows a view looking east along the north aisle towards the crossing. Turner was evidently much impressed by Lindisfarne, and made five detailed drawings of the ruins, the others being on folios 55 recto, 56 recto, 57 recto and 58 recto (D00960–D00963; Turner Bequest XXXIV 52–55), one of which (D00962) he developed into a subject for the Liber Studiorum (see Tate D08115; Turner Bequest CXVI N). A general view from the shore to the south on folio 54 recto (D00959; Turner Bequest XXXIV 51) became a plate in the series of Picturesque Views in England and Wales; the watercolour (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)1 was engraved in 1830 (Tate impressions: T04558, T04559, T06089).The priory church was built around 1100, almost contemporaneously with Durham Cathedral, of which it was a cell, and shares its salient stylistic features, though on a somewhat smaller scale.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.396 no.819, reproduced.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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