Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Kirkstall

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
D18416
Turner Bequest CCX 62

Catalogue entry

These sketches depict aspects of the town of Kirkstall near Leeds. The principal view shows the Bradford Road Bridge over the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, looking towards Kirkstall Lock and Abbey (see Tate D18414; Turner Bequest CCX 61). Parallel to the gutter of the page is a view of Kirkstall taken from Monk’s Wood, showing the Bradford road cutting up the hill to the left with the Ellers’ house, and the abbey in the distance at right.
These sketches are associated with Turner’s watercolours of Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Lock, on the River Aire produced for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England series (Tate D18146; Turner Bequest CCVIII L, M and Tate impressions T04811, T04816).1

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 and ‘Kirkstall Lock, on the River Aire 1824–5 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-lock-on-the-river-aire-r1146209

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