Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fountains Abbey, from the River Skell

1816

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09864
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 63

Catalogue entry

The church of Fountains Abbey is seen to the north-east from beside the ruined guest houses on the bank of the River Skell. For other views, see under folio 43 recto (D09865; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 64). Compare the less detailed view from the west in the 1816 Yorkshire 1 sketchbook (Tate D10939–D10940; Turner Bequest CXLIV 38a, 39), perhaps made on the same occasion.
Technical notes:
There is extensive surface dirt or rubbing, apparently from a period when the sheet was mounted, as there is a clearly defined border, particularly towards the top left, beyond which the paper is unmarked. However, there appears to be no record of the drawing’s being exhibited.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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