Crypt at Kirkstall Abbey

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1812-02-11 Published

WAG 4498

About this object

This print, 'Crypt at Kirkstall Abbey', is plate 39 of Turner's 'Liber Studiorum' series. It is an example of the Architectural category of landscape painting. It was published with the 8th part of the series on 11 February 1812.

The 'Liber Studiorum' illustrated Turner’s arguments for the supremacy of landscape painting. The title means ‘book of studies’ in Latin. It contained no written text, instead it was made up of individual mezzotint prints on paper. They were released in fourteen parts from around 1807 until 1819. Turner intended the 'Liber' to consist of 100 prints but only 71 were ultimately produced.

The prints reflected the five categories of landscape painting Turner believed existed: architectural, historical, marine, mountainous and pastoral. Turner wrote an initial on each work to indicate which category it belonged to.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1812-02-11 Published
  • Materials
    Mezzotint; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 18.1 cm x 26.4 cm
  • Physical description
    The interior of the Crypt at Kirstall Abbey. Sunlight streams through an opening on the left higlighting a small group of cows, huddled around a pillar, vaulted roof and round Norman pillars. The Crypt is partly flooded on the right. In the centre a view through an unglazed window to a landscape.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4498
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Original drawing in the Possession of John Soane Esq. RA, Professor of Architecture
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    Inscription location: Below plate
  • Inscription text: Feb 11 1812
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  • Inscription text: A
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Above plate
Object view = Fine Art
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