J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Architectural Details of Melrose Abbey 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Verso:
Architectural Details of Melrose Abbey 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 13a
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 113 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Continued from folio 14 (D25952; CCLXVII 14) with the sketchbook inverted is a sketch of the interior of Melrose Abbey, here showing the window at the south transept. With the book turned to the left are a series of studies made in the abbey. In the centre of these studies is a diagram of the fan vaulting above the chancel, with a sketch beneath this of the vaulting in the south transept. Other sketches are of mouldings including two capitals. There are further studies on folio 12 verso (D25949; CCLXVII 12a).
For more information on Turner’s visit to Melrose see folio 12 (D25948; CCLXVII 12).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Architectural Details of Melrose Abbey 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-architectural-details-of-melrose-abbey-r1134321, accessed 01 March 2021.