Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buckfast Abbey from the River Dart, with Buckfastleigh Church Beyond

1814

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 179 × 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09842
Turner Bequest CXXXIV 46

Catalogue entry

Samuel Berry’s Gothic mansion on the site of the original Buckfast Abbey is seen to the right from the west bank of the Dart, with the spire of Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh on the hill to the south. The twentieth-century abbey church was subsequently built on the near side of the house; for the history of the site and Turner’s other views of it, see under folio 23 recto (D09855; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 57). There is a similar sketch on folio 26 recto (D09843; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 47), made a little away from the river bank. For further views around Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Abbey see under folio 22 recto (D09844; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 48).
Technical notes:
A significant loss to the lower left corner (not affecting the drawing) presumably occurred when pages of the sketchbook were disbound, and has since been made good.
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
July 2014

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