Joseph Mallord William Turner

The West Tower of Malmesbury Abbey

1791

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 277 x 21 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00110
Turner Bequest VII C

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.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.25, reproduced.
Verso:
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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