Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill: The Abbey Seen between Trees

1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 330 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02228
Turner Bequest XLVII 51

Catalogue entry

The wagon or wagons drawn by horses at the extreme left are carrying building materials to the building site at William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey.
Technical notes:
The extreme fading caused by over-exposure to light is explained by the presence of this sheet among those shown regularly in the Second Loan Collection. The original strength of colour can be seen especially clearly along the right-hand edge. The outline of Fonthill Abbey itself is firmly drawn in pencil, and was probably never coloured.
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 16, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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