Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sluice Gates near Kirkstall Abbey


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 186 × 231 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLV 13

Catalogue entry

One of six Kirkstall subjects from this sketchbook, this sketch records a view of the sluice gates on the River Aire to the south-east of Kirkstall Abbey at the take-off for Kirkstall Mill. Finberg does not appear to have noticed the tower of Kirkstall Abbey given faintly beyond the tree at the right.
Kirkstall Abbey stands on the banks of the River Aire about three miles west of the centre of Leeds. It was founded in 1152 for a community of Cistercian monks and was dissolved in 1539. It stands now in a public park.
Inscribed in pencil (?by one of the executors of the Turner Bequest) in pencil ‘Sched 164.4’. The majority of pages in this sketchbook are similarly inscribed (for the significance of this see notes to Tate D12241, D12244; Turner Bequest CLV 2, 4a).

David Hill
June 2009

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