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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Kirkstall Abbey: The Interior of the Ruined Crossing, Seen from the Nave 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
Kirkstall Abbey: The Interior of the Ruined Crossing, Seen from the Nave 1797
D01005
Turner Bequest XXXV 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 370 x 274 mm
Part watermark ‘1796’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXXV – 2’ bottom right
The ruins of this great Cistercian foundation, building of which was begun in 1152 and continued for much of the next century, are some of the best preserved in Yorkshire, and Turner drew them in unusual detail, covering several leaves in the two sketchbooks he used on this tour. They also inspired a number of finished works at various stages of his career. Other views at Kirkstall are folios on folios 6 recto and 12 recto (D01006, D01083; Turner Bequest XXXV 3, 81); those in the North of England sketchbook are Tate D00916–D00922 (Turner Bequest XXXIV 10a–16).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘Kirkstall. AJF. | 141.2’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Kirkstall Abbey: The Interior of the Ruined Crossing, Seen from the Nave 1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-kirkstall-abbey-the-interior-of-the-ruined-crossing-seen-r1150170, accessed 18 September 2019.