Joseph Mallord William Turner Tintern Abbey from the River Wye c.1828

Artwork details

Tintern Abbey from the River Wye
Date c.1828
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 306 x 487 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 20
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Catalogue entry

Eric Shanes identifies this as a view of Tintern Abbey (the dark shape at the centre), from upstream on the River Wye. It is derived from a drawing in the 1798 Hereford Court sketchbook (Tate D01263; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 13), which had been used shortly afterwards as the basis of ‘a large watercolour of the same panorama’ (currently untraced).1 The present colour study appears not to have been developed elsewhere, although it seems a likely candidate for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales series.2 For some of Turner’s early 1790s vies of Tintern, see under Tate D00374 (Turner Bequest XXIII A).
See also the introductions to the present subsection of identified but unrealised subjects and the overall England and Wales ‘colour beginnings’ grouping to which this work has been assigned.
Shanes 1997, p.74; see also p.92 note 62.1; not listed in Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979.
See Shanes 1997, pp.27, 74.

Matthew Imms
March 2013

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