Whalley Abbey

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1799 possibly

WAG 1000

About this object

Turner was commissioned to make several watercolours of Whalley in Lancashire for Thomas Dunham Whitaker’s 'History of the Parish of Whalley' around 1799.

Whalley abbey had been a Cistercian monastery until it was closed in 1537. It was in ruins when Turner visited in 1799.This watercolour was in keeping with the fashion for ‘picturesque’ views. This term described real landscapes that looked ‘like a picture’ and often included ruins that were thought to enhance the scene’s beauty.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1799 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 21.2 cm x 31.7 cm
  • Physical description
    The scene is a view across a narrow river to the ruins of Whalley Abbey on the river bank, partially obscured by trees. There are three figures in the middle distance fishing in the river.
  • Related people
    I A Abram (Previous owner); Professor J Hill Abram (Previous owner); Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); J Harrison (Previous owner); W Lees (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1000
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Miss I A Abram in 1951
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • I A Abram

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1951
  • Professor J Hill Abram

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1881-05-02
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 2 May 1881, Lot 108
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W Lees

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J Harrison

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1881-05-02
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 2 May 1881, Lot 108
Object view = Fine Art
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