Joseph Mallord William Turner

Malmesbury: The Abbey from the North


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Graphite on paper
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 86

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this view of the Abbey is similar to that on folio 4 recto (D01250: Turner Bequest XXXVIII 1) but from a spot considerably closer. The building to the left is Abbey House, built in the first half of the sixteenth century by William Stumpe.
This is one of a sequence of twelve drawings of Malmesbury in this book; see under folio 2 recto (D01252; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 3).
Technical notes:
The paper is discoloured from exposure while on display, except where the edges and a broad strip on the right were protected by a mount.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram above ‘XXXVIII – 86’. For the Colt Hoare commission for drawings of Malmesbury, see the note to folio 3 recto (D01253; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 4).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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