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Title: Whalley Abbey
Date: 1799 possibly
Artist(s): Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
Materials: Watercolour; Paper
Information: 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.
Accession no: WAG 1000
Credit line: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Miss I A Abram in 1951
Location: Item not currently on display