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).
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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