Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Still Tower, Tavistock Abbey, beside the River Tavy

1814

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 90 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09667
Turner Bequest CXXXII 146 a

Catalogue entry

This slight drawing was made from Tavistock’s Abbey Bridge, looking south-west down the River Tavy along the perimeter wall of Tavistock Abbey, with the castellated Still Tower in the distance (see also folio 144 verso; D09663). The gabled building with an arch on the right does not survive; it is also shown on folio 143 verso (D09661), under which other views of Tavistock on adjacent pages are mentioned.
Technical notes:
The leaf is rubbed and stained halfway down the outer edge, where a significant loss has been made good. This appears to have been caused by proximity to the brass clasp formerly set into the back cover.

Matthew Imms
June 2014

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