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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Views of Kirkstall Abbey c.1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Recto:
Two Views of Kirkstall Abbey c.1824
D18397
Turner Bequest CCX 52
Pencil on white wove paper, 75 x 118 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘52’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCX–52’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The principal sketch shows the ruined Cistercian monastery of Kirkstall Abbey from an easterly perspective. The River Aire can be seen meandering through the valley at centre. A slight and faintly rendered sketch of the Abbey is drawn above the main view.
These sketches are associated with Turner’s watercolour of Kirkstall Abbey produced for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England series (Tate D18146; Turner Bequest CCVIII M and Tate impressions T04810, T04811, T06371).1 See also Tate D18390; Turner Bequest CCX 48.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

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For more information see Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Kirkstall Abbey, on the River Aire 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-kirkstall-abbey-on-the-river-aire-r1146210.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Two Views of Kirkstall Abbey c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-views-of-kirkstall-abbey-r1181284, accessed 30 November 2021.