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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bolton Abbey and the River Wharfe, from the North 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Bolton Abbey and the River Wharfe, from the North 1816
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 74
Pencil on white wove paper with gilt edges, 179 x 254 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Stone’ and ‘W Dark’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXXXIV – 74’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Bolton’s ruined church is seen to the south across the intervening loop in the River Wharfe, from the vicinity of the road to Barden Tower (see folio 15 verso; D09860; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 59a). There is a similar view, framed by trees in the foreground, on folio 16 recto (D09876; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 75). For other views of the abbey see under folio 7 recto (D09874; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 73). There is a brief continuation of the trees to the left on folio 13 recto opposite (D09848; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 51a).
Blank, save for inscriptions: by John Ruskin in red ink ‘921’ bottom left; and in pencil ‘113’ centre. The sheet is rubbed or stained at the top left, presumably as a result of being stuck down for display. This is one of eight drawings from this sketchbook lent to Oxford University in the nineteenth century (for the others see the sketchbook’s Introduction). Each has a large pencil number inscribed on the back which presumably relates to this loan, although they do not tally with the Oxford catalogue numbers.

Matthew Imms
July 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Bolton Abbey and the River Wharfe, from the North 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-bolton-abbey-and-the-river-wharfe-from-the-north-r1147366, accessed 26 July 2021.