Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Mary’s Abbey, York; the Interior of the West End of the Nave

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 x 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10913
Turner Bequest CXLIV 24 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread of St Mary’s Abbey, York, continued to the right on folio 25 (D10914), opposite. The view is taken from outside the south aisle, looking to the inside of the west end and north wall of the nave. Turner sketched the same aspect of St Mary’s from a slightly more distant viewpoint in a succeeding sketch, folio 28 verso (D10920), and the exterior of the west end in the Yorkshire 3 sketchbook (Tate D11378; Turner Bequest CXLVI 5).

David Hill
January 2009

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