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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Melrose Abbey: The Exterior of the Ruins Seen from the West 1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Recto:
Melrose Abbey: The Exterior of the Ruins Seen from the West 1797
D40551
Turner Bequest XXXV 17
Pencil on white wove paper, 274 x 370 mm
Part watermark ‘1796’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed by Ruskin lower right ‘Melrose JR’
Stamped in black ‘XXXV 17’ bottom left, descending vertically
The entry for this subject, drawn with the page turned horizontally, is omitted (presumably by oversight) from Finberg’s Inventory.1 For other drawings of Melrose, see folios 22 recto and 24 recto (D01019, D01020; Turner Bequest XXXV 16, 18), and two in the contemporary North of England sketchbook (Tate D00969, D00970; Turner Bequest XXXIV 60, 61).
1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.75.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed by John Ruskin in brown ink ‘99’ (circled in pencil); ?in a later hand in blue crayon ‘19’; and by A.J. Finberg in pencil ‘141.17’.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Melrose Abbey: The Exterior of the Ruins Seen from the West 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-melrose-abbey-the-exterior-of-the-ruins-seen-from-the-west-r1150187, accessed 27 November 2021.