Joseph Mallord William Turner
Part of the Ruins of Tintern Abbey 1792

Artwork details

Part of the Ruins of Tintern Abbey
Date 1792
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 269 x 211 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XII C
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Catalogue entry

The subject does not include the large east window of Tintern, and it seems that Turner intended his inscription for another sheet (Tate D00134; Turner Bequest XII E). This drawing appears to show the ruins of the north aisle seen from outside, with the arches of the crossing glimpsed beyond.
Technical notes:
The brown discolouration of the sheet indicates that it has at some point been attached to a wooden backboard; presumably for display in the British Museum loan scheme.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a later hand ‘13’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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