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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851)
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851)

The Abbey Gate, Battle Abbey, Sussex

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851)
The Abbey Gate, Battle Abbey, Sussex
with signature and inscription 'JMW Turner Abbey Gate - Battle Abbey' (on the reverse)
pencil, pen and grey ink and grey wash
11 1/8 x 8 7/8 in. (28.3 x 22.5 cm.)
Provenance
Mr Henry R. Burney and by descent to his daughter,
Miss Blanche Burney and by bequest to
Miss Stella Alleyne, her god-daughter and by descent in the family to the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The ruins of Battle Abbey in East Sussex provided a popular subject for topographers in the late 18th Century. Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) executed a version of the present drawing, but in coloured wash and without the figure (Private Collection). These watercolours were presumably executed at the same time, circa 1795. Another view of Battle Abbey by Turner is listed in A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, London, 1979, p. 489, no. 56a.
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