Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dorchester Abbey Church, from the River Thame

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 258 x 371 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05933
Turner Bequest XCV 29

Catalogue entry

This is a right-hand page from the sketchbook. In so far as its subjects are identified, Dorchester marks the most westerly point in Turner’s tour along the Thames as he recorded it in the book. His sketch is taken from the River Thame, a shallow tributary of the Thames reachable only this far by boat from the main river. A bridge would be built near this spot, 1811–13. Hill thinks the drawing unsatisfactory as a view of the church and remains of the Augustinian abbey, since these are positioned to the left, but observes that Turner would have had to ‘abandon the river’ to find better aspects.1
1
Hill 1993, p.112.
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
February 2009

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