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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner West Portal of St Mary's Abbey, York 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Recto:
West Portal of St Mary’s Abbey, York 1816
Turner Bequest CXLVI 5
Pencil on white wove paper, 125 x 200 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in blue ink ‘5’ top right and ‘330’ bottom right
Stamped in brown ink ‘CXLVI 5’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of the west portal of St Mary’s Abbey, York is continued to the right on folio 6 recto (D11379) to take in the west front of York Minster. Here Turner revisits a subject he had first sketched in 1797 in the Tweed and Lakes sketchbook (Tate D01073; Turner Bequest XXXV 71). See the Yorkshire 1 sketchbook (Tate D10913–D10914, D10917, D10920; Turner Bequest CXLIV 24a–25, 26a, 28a) for interior views of the west end of St Mary’s.

David Hill
January 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘West Portal of St Mary’s Abbey, York 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-west-portal-of-st-marys-abbey-york-r1143505, accessed 17 January 2021.