Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ewenny: The Interior of the Priory

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01733
Turner Bequest XLII 58

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing is continued on folio 30 recto opposite (D01734; Turner Bequest XLII 59). Here Turner shows the interior of Ewenny Priory from a viewpoint opposite to that he adopted for his Royal Academy watercolour of 1797 (National Museum Wales, Cardiff).1 We are looking from the south transept over the crossing towards the north transept, with the chancel on the right, separated from the crossing by the rood screen, a detail of which Turner has studied separately at top right. The tomb of Sir Roger de Remi is in the foreground. Another drawing of the interior of Ewenny is on folio 27 verso (D01729; Turner Bequest XLII 54).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.325 no.227, pl.28.
Technical notes:
The grey wash in the lower right corner has spread from the drawing of a tilt forge on folios 30 verso–31 recto (D01735–D01736; Turner Bequest XLII 60–61).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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