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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Netley Abbey, Hampshire ?1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Recto:
Netley Abbey, Hampshire ?1832
Turner Bequest CCLII 31
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 187 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘31’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLII – 31’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with an apparently continuous sketch of the overgrown ruins of Netley Abbey, located about five miles south-east of Southampton. The drawing is inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. Particular attention has been paid to the way in which doors and windows punctuate the long crumbling wall and, towards the top left-hand corner, the arrangement of stone courses and buttresses on the exterior of the south transept. The abbey was the subject of particular study in this sketchbook, and recurs on multiple pages; see folio 32 verso (D23581; Turner Bequest CCLII 32a) for the main entry on this site.

John Chu
April 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Netley Abbey, Hampshire ?1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-netley-abbey-hampshire-r1175070, accessed 27 May 2022.