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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Rievaulx Abbey from the North-West 1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Rievaulx Abbey from the North-West 1801
Turner Bequest LIV 1
Pencil on white wove paper, 115 x 164 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘1’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LIV 1’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing belongs with the series of studies of Rievaulx now bound as the versos of folios 102, 103, 104, 105 and 106 (D02784, D02786, D02788, D02790, D02792); see also folio 108 recto (D02795). A detail of part of the Abbey ruins forms the subjects of one of the plates of the Liber Studiorum (see under Tate D08154; Turner Bequest CXVII Z); and much later in his career, Turner produced a watercolour of the abbey standing isolated in its valley, rather as here, for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (York Art Gallery),1 engraved in 1827 (Tate impressions: T04503, T04504, T06071).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.391 no.785.
Technical notes:
The leaf was not washed with the mauve-pink ground of the remainder of the book; other exceptions are folios 4, 106 and 107 (D02619–D02620, D02791–D02794).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Rievaulx Abbey from the North-West 1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-rievaulx-abbey-from-the-north-west-r1178800, accessed 05 March 2021.