Joseph Mallord William Turner

Glastonbury: The Tor from Wearyall Hill

1811

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 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

Catalogue entry

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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