Joseph Mallord William Turner

Remains of Healaugh Priory


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 154 × 97 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXLIV 13 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 14 (D10893), opposite, recording the west range of the old manor house at Healaugh Farm East. The view is more or less continued to the right on 14 verso (D10894).
The site of Healaugh Priory is about two miles south of Bilton Hall, the subject of the sketch on the recto (D10891) and folio 12 verso (D10890), on a back road between Healaugh and Tadcaster. Turner was taking in subjects on his journey east from Wetherby towards York, the subject of the following sketches.
The priory was founded for Augustinian canons about 1218, and dissolved in 1535. The church and cloisters were fairly comprehensively erased and the present building, a sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manor house in private ownership, incorporates elements of the original structure.

David Hill
January 2009

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