Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill Abbey Seen from the South through Trees

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 333 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02190
Turner Bequest XLVII 13

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this drawing was used as the basis for one of the watercolours in Turner’s series of five views of Fonthill executed for Beckford and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800: South view of the Gothic Abbey (Evening) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq. (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts).1 It is possible that the large, broodingly romantic colour study (Tate D04172; Turner Bequest LXX U) is also based on this drawing.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.337, pl.53.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 23, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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