Joseph Mallord William Turner

Malmesbury: The South Porch of the Abbey

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01258
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 9

Catalogue entry

Although severely weathered, the south porch at Malmesbury remains, in Nikolaus Pevsner’s words, one of ‘the best pieces of Norman sculpture and decoration in England’.1 This is the beginning of a careful study of it, in which little more than general outlines and some mouldings have been completed.
Made with the page turned horizontally, this is one of a sequence of twelve drawings of Malmesbury in the present book; see under folio 2 recto (D01252; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 3).
1
Nikolaus Pevsner, Wiltshire, The Buildings of England, Harmondsworth 1963, p.289.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart’; a smear of blue colour; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. For Colt Hoare see under folio 3 recto (D01253; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 4).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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