Turner went to Whalley, near Blackburn in Lancashire, in the autumn of 1799. He had been commissioned
to design illustrations for the Rev TD Whittaker's History of the Parish of Whalley published in 1800–01. This sketch shows him exploring the potential of the medieval abbey at Whalley. By the time Turner visited it, the building had fallen into disrepair.
Gallery label, August 2004
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