New Abbey near Dumfries

 
Series
Scott's Prose Works
Engraver
Artist
Creation date
Materials
engraving touched with white and pencil
Mark Descriptions
inscribed in pencil, by Turner, across bottom: "all the sky good work excepting X" / "All the left side. More else work and rather lighter" / image marked with a penciled "x" upper right by artist
Dimensions
4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (image) 13 x 8 1/2 in. (sheet) 9 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (plate)
Credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
Accession number
80.1502
Collection
Not Currently On View

Ever the Scottish patriot, Sir Walter Scott distinctly preferred that Scottish engravers be employed to work with Turner on the illustrations to his compiled works. Edinburgh native, William Miller, engraved 30 of the 39 plates in Scott’s Prose Works.

By his written instructions on this proof, Turner instructed Miller to lighten those areas of the slope that he indicated with white watercolor to suggest the rays of the sun setting behind the ruins of the Cistercian abbey.

J.E. Taylor Collection
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