Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buckfastleigh Church from the Dart Valley

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09844
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 48

Catalogue entry

Turner’s sketch is made looking south from near Buckfast, Devon, with Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh, seen to the right; Buckfastleigh itself lies hidden behind the hill, much of which has since been quarried away on this side. The Dart Bridge carrying the Ashburton road over the river is in the middle distance towards the left, and is now largely obscured by trees. There are views of the bridge and church from the opposite direction on folios 27 recto and 28 recto (D09846, D09839; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 50, 44).
Further views around Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Abbey are on folios 23 recto, 25 recto, 26 recto, 27 recto, 28 recto and 29 recto (D09855, D09842, D09843, D09846, D09839, D09845; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 57, 46, 47, 50, 44, 49); the architectural details inside the back cover (D40883) may also be related. See also the contemporary Devon Rivers, No.2 sketchbook, under Tate D09750 (Turner Bequest CXXXIII 63).
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Matthew Imms
July 2014

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