Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill: Near View of the Abbey from the South, with Bitham Lake in the Foreground

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 469 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02181
Turner Bequest XLVII 4

Catalogue entry

Like D02187 (Turner Bequest XLVII 10), this is an upright composition which Turner may well have felt particularly suited to the towering architecture of Fonthill Abbey, although that format is not used for any of his finished views. However, a large colour study, Tate D04167 (Turner Bequest LXX P), showing the house at a distance across a wooded valley, does so. The final design of the ‘South view’ of Fonthill was adumbrated in the drawing on D02190 (Turner Bequest XLVII 13).
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 24, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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