Joseph Mallord William Turner

New Abbey, near Dumfries

1831

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25852
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 46 a

Catalogue entry

One of Turner’s eight pages with sketches of New Abbey (see folio 46; D25831 for details), this page shows the interior with a view looking east up the nave towards the east window. With no surviving roof we look right up to the tower with its bare gables and a triangular scar where the roof of the nave once was. The inscription ‘6’ at the bottom left of the page refers to the fact that there are six arches on either side of the nave to the west of the tower, only four of which are shown.
There is another sketch of the interior on folio 47 (D25853).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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