J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tintern Abbey: The Chancel and East Window with the Crossing, Seen from the Ruined Nave 1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tintern Abbey: The Chancel and East Window with the Crossing, Seen from the Ruined Nave 1792
D00134
Turner Bequest XII E
Pencil on white wove paper, 271 x 253 mm
Stamped in black ‘XII E’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner's inscription identifying the subject of this drawing appears to have been mistakenly added to another sheet (Tate D00132; Turner Bequest XII C). The study, an early example of Turner’s pre-eminence as a perspective draughtsman in the mid-1790s, was used as the basis for a finished watercolour of about 1794 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London).1 See also Tate D00374 (Turner Bequest XXIII A), a virtually finished colour study of the same subject.
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.307 no.57, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The sheet has formerly been folded vertically about 40 mm from the right-hand edge. A large oil stain in the centre of the sheet has recently been removed.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Tintern Abbey: The Chancel and East Window with the Crossing, Seen from the Ruined Nave 1792 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-tintern-abbey-the-chancel-and-east-window-with-the-crossing-r1141119, accessed 28 July 2014.