Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West End of Malmesbury Abbey, Seen from the South-West

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01482
Turner Bequest XL 11 a

Catalogue entry

This is an unexpectedly tentative drawing, and rather slight, though it must have been undertaken to amplify the information that Turner had collected in his other drawings of the ruins of Malmesbury Abbey in the contemporary Hereford Court sketchbook, such as Tate D01256, D01258 and D01328 (Turner Bequest XXXVIII 7, 9, 74).
The subject is continued on folio 12 recto (D01483). A more confident and elaborate study of the abbey from a slightly different viewpoint is on folios 13 verso–14 recto (D01485–D01486).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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