Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Ruins of Blantyre Abbey Seen among Trees from across the Clyde

1801

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 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D03235
Turner Bequest LVI 164 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the pages turned horizontally, the subject is continued on folio 167 recto opposite (D03236; Turner Bequest LVI 165). Another view of the abbey is on folios 167 verso–168 recto (D03237–D03238; Turner Bequest LVI 165a–166); like this one, it shows the ruins from across the Clyde, and there is no evidence that Turner made the detour required to visit them.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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