Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abergavenny: General View with the Castle and Sugar Loaf Beyond


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 135 × 95 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XL 19 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is continued on folio 22 recto opposite (D01495; Turner Bequest XL 20). Turner visited Abergavenny and took a considerable interest in the Skyrrid, the Magic Mountain, on his first tour to this part of the world in 1792; see Tate D00143–D00145 and D00181 (Turner Bequest XII N, O, P. XVII F).
Here he bestows only a cursory glance on the town, though he made a sketch of the bridge which was to become the basis for an exhibited watercolour; see the following drawing on folios 22 verso–23 recto (D01496–D01497; Turner Bequest XL 20a–21). A larger drawing of the same view is in the contemporary Cyfarthfa sketchbook (Tate D01655; Turner Bequest XLI 24).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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