Joseph Mallord William TurnerGlastonbury: The Tor from Wearyall Hill 1811

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Artist
Title
Glastonbury: The Tor from Wearyall Hill
From Devonshire Coast, No.1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXXIII
Date 1811
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 75 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08681
Turner Bequest CXXIII 167 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 170 Verso:
Glastonbury: The Tor from Wearyall Hill 1811
D08681
Turner Bequest CXXIII 167a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 75 x 117 mm
Part watermark ‘Smy | 179’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From the top of Wearyall Hill on the southern approach to Glastonbury, Turner looks east-north-east to St Michael’s Tower on the Tor with the edge of the town on the left; the view on folio 171 recto opposite (D08682; CXXIII 168) is a continuation of the view to the north-east, but as the two sketches were made with the book turned horizontally, they appear one above the other.
There is a distant view of Glastonbury Tor from the north on folio 122 verso (D08595; CXXIII 119a), apparently inscribed ‘Avalon’, under which Turner’s possible awareness of the Arthurian associations of the site is discussed.

Matthew Imms
June 2011

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