Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Kirkstall Abbey

c.1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 75 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18396
Turner Bequest CCX 51 a

Catalogue entry

This is a study of Kirkstall Abbey in West Yorkshire taken from an easterly perspective, with a separate, faintly rendered jotting of the Abbey from a distance at bottom right. Turner produced a highly detailed finished drawing of Kirkstall Abbey’s tower from the east in the North of England sketchbook of 1797 (Tate D00920; Turner Bequest XXXIV 14).
These sketches are associated with Turner’s watercolour of Kirkstall Abbey produced for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England series (Tate D18146; Turner Bequest CCVIII M and Tate impressions T04810, T04811, T06371).1 See also Tate D18390; Turner Bequest CCX 48.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

1
For more information see Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Kirkstall Abbey, on the River Aire 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-kirkstall-abbey-on-the-river-aire-r1146210.

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