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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Dryburgh Abbey 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 72 Verso:
Dryburgh Abbey 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXVII 74a
Pencil on off-white wove writing paper, 113 x 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Dryburgh Abbey was made from a tree-covered bank to the south-west, and looks through the ruins of the south range towards the rose window of the west gable of the refectory at the right, and the window of the south transept beyond. To the left of that are the remains of the nave and north transept. There is a view from nearby on folio 73 (D26058; CCLXVII 75).
The sketch is one of a number of close-up studies of Dryburgh Abbey (folios 71 verso–73 verso (D26055–D26059; CCLXVII 73a–75a), made when Turner visited it on 8 August (see folio 9; D25942; CCLXVII 9).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Dryburgh 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-dryburgh-abbey-r1134425, accessed 28 January 2022.