Joseph Mallord William Turner Fonthill Abbey Seen from the South-West 1799

Artwork details

Fonthill Abbey Seen from the South-West
From Fonthill Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XLVII
Date 1799
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 330 x 433 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLVII 12
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Catalogue entry

The finished watercolour based on this drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800 with the title South-west view of a Gothic Abbey (Morning) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq. (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto),1 one of a set of five views recording different times of day in the grounds of Fonthill. A pencil note of the composition is in the Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02152; Turner Bequest XLVI 106a).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.336, reproduced; see also ibid., nos.335, 337–339, reproduced, and pl.53.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 25, see the Introduction.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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