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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Whalley Abbey: The Ruined Cloisters 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 45 Recto:
Whalley Abbey: The Ruined Cloisters 1799
Turner Bequest XLV 44
Pencil on white wove paper, 225 x 329 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Dis’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ in the drawing
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram below right of centre
Inscribed in pencil ‘44’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLV-44’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Details of mouldings are studied below the main drawing, to the left. Made with the page turned horizontally, this was the basis for the untraced finished watercolour,1 engraved in 1800 for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s History of Whalley (Tate impression: T05928). It follows the study closely; Turner added a group of boys playing marbles on the turf in the foreground. Others views of the abbey are on folios 31 verso, 34 verso, 35 verso (D01961, D01967, D01969), and 44 recto (D01983; Turner Bequest XLV 43).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.332 no.288.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Whalley Abbey: The Ruined Cloisters 1799 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-whalley-abbey-the-ruined-cloisters-r1177861, accessed 18 April 2021.