Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tynemouth Priory at the Mouth of the River Tyne

1818

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13476
Turner Bequest CLXVI 14 a

Catalogue entry

Having stopped and Newcastle and North Shields, where he made several sketches (see folio 13; D13473), Turner took the opportunity to make this quick sketch of the nearby Tynemouth Priory from the south, probably from South Shields. The sketch continues on folio 15 (D13477) with the cliffs at the mouth of the Tyne Estuary. The priory is also seen in a view of the Tyne estuary on folios 2 verso–3, and in a sketch of North Shields on folios 3 verso–4 (D13452–D13453, D13454–D13455).
Around this time (1818), Turner also painted a watercolour of Tynemouth Priory (Bolton Museum and Art Gallery), based on earlier sketches.1
For more information on Turner’s visit to North and South Shields and his sketches of them, see folio 13 (D13473).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.362 no.545.

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