Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abergavenny: General View with the Castle and Sugar Loaf Beyond

1798

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 × 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01494
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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