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This rough study, made with the page turned horizontally, is related to the finished watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800, North-east view of the Gothic Abbey (sunset) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq. (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester).1 A more elaborate preliminary drawing for the work is in the Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02188; Turner Bequest XLVII 11). See also folios 106 verso and 111 recto in this book (D02152, D02158).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.339, reproduced.
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