Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Fonthill Splendens from the West

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02202
Turner Bequest XLVII 25

Catalogue entry

Fonthill Splendens was the large Palladian house built at Fonthill by William Beckford’s father, Alderman Beckford, using as architect a bricklayer named Hoare, after an earlier house had been destroyed by fire in 1755. The Alderman died in 1770; his son pulled Fonthill Splendens down in 1807, after he had built his ‘Gothic Abbey’. Only a ceremonial entrance gateway, a boathouse (see D02184; Turner Bequest XLVII 7) and some elaborate grottos survive of this ambitious scheme. The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 14, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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