Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Ewenny Priory with the Ogmore Estuary Beyond

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01723
Turner Bequest XLII 48

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 25 recto opposite (D01724; Turner Bequest XLII 49). Finberg pointed out that the inscribed ‘E’ in the lower left corner probably refers to Ewenny Priory,1 which Turner had already drawn on his first tour of South Wales; see the Smaller South Wales book (Tate D00472; Turner Bequest XXV 11) and the watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1797 (National Museum Wales, Cardiff).2
Both those drawings show the interior of the priory, which Turner sketches again in this book, on folios 27 verso and 29 verso–30 recto (D01729, D01733–D01734; Turner Bequest XLII 54, 58–59). The drawing of the interior on D01729 is also inscribed ‘E’. If this identification is correct, the distant estuary here should be that of the River Ogmore, but there are no hills of the size indicated in Turner’s sketch between Ewenny and the sea.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.103.
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.325 no.227, pl.28.

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