Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill Abbey Seen in the Distance beyond Trees, with the Ruins of Old Wardour Castle and Farm Buildings in the Foreground

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 335 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02186
Turner Bequest XLVII 9

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Old Wardour Castle, sited on a high wooded slope some four miles south of Fonthill Gifford, dates from the end of the fourteenth century. It was extensively altered by Sir Matthew Arundell, who acquired it in 1570. A large house, built to designs by James Payne in the 1770s, replaced the old castle as Lord Arundell’s principal seat. Another drawing showing the castle is D02195 (Turner Bequest XLVII 18).
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 18, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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