Ann Turner, Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, Wales - 1842 watercolour painting

An original 1842 watercolour painting, Ann Turner Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio, Wales.

A striking interior view at Valle Crucis Abbey, the Cistercian abbey at Llantysilio in Denbighshire, Wales. The abbey was built in 1201 and was dissolved in 1537.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: "Interior Valle Crucis Abbey 1842".
There is a repaired tear at the left edge as shown, and loss to the paper at the far upper right corner. Minor creasing towards the corners of the sheet as shown.
33.7cm x 24.5cm.

This watercolour forms part of a collection of paintings by Ann Turner dating from the 1840s/50s, depicting rural views, rustic scenes, castles, abbeys and bridges, predominantly in the Cheshire and North Wales areas. Very little is known of Ann Turner, but as well as having the means to travel and paint, it appears that she had connections with highly regarded local Chester artist George Pickering (c.1794-1857). Pickering was a drawing master at Chester and later at Birkenhead; Ann Turner was likely a pupil. A number of the watercolours in the collection are after works by Pickering, and one painting is attributed to George Pickering himself. The collection also includes competent copies by Ann Turner after Samuel Prout OWS AA (1783-1852) and Thomas Miles Richardson Senior (1784–1848). There is also an outstanding sepia portrait watercolour of Ann Turner in the collection, clearly painted by a very accomplished hand (see photograph), which we have listed for sale separately.

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Product code: JE-270

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