two standing cows and four cows lying down on sloping dirt in sunbeams coming through hidden opening at left in a groin vaulted interior; brown and black

Crypt of Kirkstall Abbey, from Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies), c. 1812

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The 17th century landscape painter Claude Lorrain recorded his creations in an album of drawings called the Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth). By 1807, a printmaking project aimed at publishing the drawings, then in a famous English collection, had been underway for thirty years. Claude's book and the English project inspired J.M.W. Turner to publicize his own landscapes by means of an ambitious printmaking project, the Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies). In most cases, he collaborated with skilled technicians, but Crypt of Kirkstall Abbey is one of only eleven prints in the series for which Turner completed all phases of the work, including engraving and mezzotinting.

Details
Title
Crypt of Kirkstall Abbey, from Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies)
Artist Life
1775–1851
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.98.26.17
Provenance
Edith and Norman Garmezy, Edina, MN; Lott & Gerrish, London
Catalogue Raisonne
Finberg 39 ii/iv
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two standing cows and four cows lying down on sloping dirt in sunbeams coming through hidden opening at left in a groin vaulted interior; brown and black