Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bisham Church and Abbey, from Mid-River, Looking South

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 259 x 367 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05909
Turner Bequest XCV 5

Catalogue entry

This was a right-hand page from the sketchbook. From Marlow (for which see Tate D05906; Turner Bequest XCV 2), Turner seems to have gone about a mile downstream to look back at the town from Winter Hill (see Tate D05907; Turner Bequest XCV 3). There, he was able to see Bisham in the distance on the left. This drawing looks south to Bisham, which is seen more closely from the river with the Norman tower of All Saints Church and the Tudor mansion, formerly Bisham Abbey, in the right distance. Turner notes the calm surface of the Thames as it passes in the foreground. A stain on the right of the leaf matches one on D05907 and D05910; Turner Bequest XCV 3, 6.
Verso:
Blank. Laid down.

David Blayney Brown
January 2009

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