Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Fonthill Abbey, with an Aqueduct in the Foreground

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 333 x 467 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02183
Turner Bequest XLVII 6

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the large-scale arcade that Turner carefully delineates in the foreground of this view was probably an aqueduct, perhaps taking water either to Fonthill Splendens or to the new Abbey. No trace of it seems to have survived.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 15, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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