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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Kirkstall Abbey from the West, with Harvesters 1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Kirkstall Abbey from the West, with Harvesters 1809
Turner Bequest CLV 19
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 186 x 227 mm (top and bottom left corners missing)
Stamped in black in ‘CLV 16’, bottom right
One of six Kirkstall subjects in this sketchbook, this sketch records the view of Kirkstall Abbey from the west with harvesters at work in the foreground fields. Turner sketched a similar aspect of Kirkstall Abbey in 1797 in the North of England sketchbook (Tate D00919; Turner Bequest XXXIV 13), when he also notedalso noted harvesters at work at the east end of the Abbey (Tate D00920; Turner Bequest XXXIV 14).
For Kirkstall Abbey in this sketchbook see D12254; Turner Bequest CLV 13.
Blank, except for an inscription (?by one of the Executors of the Turner Bequest) in pencil ‘Sched 164.1’. The majority of pages from this sketchbook are similarly inscribed (for the significance of this see notes to D12241, D12244; Turner Bequest CLV 2, 4a). This appears to have been the first in the original pagination.

David Hill
June 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Kirkstall Abbey from the West, with Harvesters 1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-kirkstall-abbey-from-the-west-with-harvesters-r1134672, accessed 25 February 2021.