Bolton Abbey

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1825 possibly

LL 3777

About this object

'Bolton Abbey' was one of the earliest designs for the 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales' print series. It shows the ruins of Bolton Abbey. The building had been abandonded in 1540 and left to fall into disrepair. It had become a popular sight on the tourist circuit by the late 18th century. This was influenced by William Wordsworth's (1770 - 1850) celebrated poems about the surrounding area, including 'The Force of Prayer' from 1815.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Bolton Abbey, Wharfdale
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1825 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gum arabic; Paper; Scratching out
  • Measurements
    paper: 28.1 cm x 40 cm
  • Physical description
    The ruins of Bolton Abbey, near Skipton in Yorkshire, are shown set back on the left hand side. A river can be seen on the right hand side, flowing around a corner and into the distance. The main focus of this watercolour is on the seated fisherman at the centre of the composition, tying bait on to his fishing rod.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner) ; James Orrock (Previous owner) ; John Ruskin (Previous owner) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 228
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1907
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1907
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnews
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1904
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 40
    Owned until: 1907
    Disposal method: Sold to Lever
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: 1878
    How acquired: Purchased from Ruskin
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 40
  • John Ruskin

    Owned from: 1851
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1878
    Disposal method: Sold to James Orrock
Object view = Fine Art
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