Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Mary’s Abbey, York, the Nave and Crossing from the South-East

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: 97 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10920
Turner Bequest CXLIV 28 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch records the view from outside the south aisle of St Mary’s Abbey at York, looking to the inside of the west end and north wall of the nave, with the south-west pier of the crossing to the right. Turner sketched the same aspect of St Mary’s from a closer viewpoint in a preceding sketch, across folios 24 verso–25 of the sketchbook (D10913–D10914), and from still closer in a succeeding sketch note noticed by Finberg (D40847; Turner Bequest CXLIV 29 verso). He also sketched 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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