Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill: Farm Buildings, with the Tower of the Abbey Visible behind a Hill to the Right

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02194
Turner Bequest XLVII 17

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this is one of several drawings that illustrate the extent of Turner’s exploration of the estate at Fonthill. His finished views are all subjects taken at a distance from the house itself; here, and on D02186, D02202, D02224 (Turner Bequest XLVII 9, 25, 47) and elsewhere, he records buildings associated with Fonthill that were not destined to be part of his final designs. Although he usually presents the great central tower of the Abbey as complete, it is clear from this drawing and others in this book (see D02193; Turner Bequest XLVII 16) that it was still shrouded in scaffolding while he was there.
Technical notes:
There are touches of yellow colour along the right edge. For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 11, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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