Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Bolton Abbey from the North

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: 179 × 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09851
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 54

Catalogue entry

Both sketches, one above the other and separated by a horizontal pencil line, focus on the ruined east end of Bolton Abbey, seen to the south across the River Wharfe from on or near the road to Barden Tower (see folio 15 verso; D09860; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 59a). ‘D W’ probably indicates ‘dark water’; there are similar notes elsewhere in this sketchbook. For other views of the abbey see under folio 7 recto (D09874; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 73).
Technical notes:
About 85 mm is missing from the outer part of the original leaf; the loss has been made good with slightly darker paper.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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