Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window 1794

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window
Date 1794
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 359 x 250 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00374
Turner Bequest XXIII A
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Catalogue entry

This view is derived from the pencil drawing made on the spot (Tate D00134; Turner Bequest XII E). Although apparently a completed work, a small area of reserved paper lower centre indicates that this is not in fact finished. It is a study for the watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1794 (402), now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (1683–1871).1
A similar view looking into the transept is in the Lloyd Bequest, British Museum, London (1958–7–12–400).2 A variant is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,3 and the composition is repeated in several views of the ruins by other artists, notably by Edward Dayes (1763–1804).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.307 no.57, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.307 no.59, reproduced; see also Kim Sloan, J.M.W.Turner: Watercolours from the R.W. Lloyd Bequest to the British Museum, London 1998, p.40 no.3, reproduced in colour p.[41].
3
Wilton 1979, p.307 no.58, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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