Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Ruins of Malmesbury Abbey from the South-East

1791

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 x 263 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00086
Turner Bequest VI 12

Catalogue entry

The composition is continued to the right on folio 13 recto (D00087). Another version of the view is Tate D00112 (Turner Bequest VII E) which was perhaps originally a leaf from this sketchbook. A finished watercolour of the subject is in the Bury Art Gallery.1 Finberg notes that ‘the only colours used are Indian Ink, brown, gamboge [yellow] and blue.’
1
Wilton 1979, p.303 no.26, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The Whatman paper of which this sheet is made is different from the rest of the book.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in pen and brown ink ‘South East View of | Malmsbury Abbey 1791’ right centre, descending vertically; stamped in black ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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