Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill: Distant View of the Abbey from the South-West

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
D02184
Turner Bequest XLVII 7

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is the basis of the watercolour View of the Gothic Abbey (afternoon) now building at Fonthill, the seat of William Beckford Esq. shown at the Royal Academy in 1800 (private collection).1 See also the composition sketch in the Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02158; Turner Bequest XLVI 111). The arched structure on the right is a boathouse that was part of the park of Fonthill Splendens, the Palladian precursor of Fonthill Abbey; see D02202 (Turner Bequest XLVII 25).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.335, reproduced.
Technical notes:
There are splashes of blue, orange and green colour. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 17, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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