Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tower of a Medieval Building

1797

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 270 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00927
Turner Bequest XXXIV 21

Catalogue entry

This is a very slight sketch; the subject is uncertain. The tower rapidly outlined here has some similarity to that of Kirkstall Abbey. David Hill tentatively suggests either Ripon or Fountains Abbey.
Hill proposes1 that folio 94 recto (D01000; Turner Bequest XXXIV 89), a view of the lay brothers’ dormitory and refectory at Fountains Abbey, originally followed this sheet.
1
See Hill 1996, pp.191, 192.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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