Joseph Mallord William Turner The West Tower of Malmesbury Abbey 1791

Artwork details

The West Tower of Malmesbury Abbey
Date 1791
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 277 x 21 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest VII C
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Catalogue entry

A study used, as Finberg noted, in conjunction with Tate D00111 (Turner Bequest VII D), for the finished watercolour in Norwich Castle Museum,1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792 (436). With its free and energetic drawing in brown ink, reminiscent of the work of Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827), this is stylistically rather different from most of the studies Turner made at Malmesbury in 1791. See also Tate D00111.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.25, reproduced.
Colour trials; inscribed in pencil in a later hand ‘3a’; stamped in black ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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