Joseph Mallord William Turner

Composition Study for a View of Fonthill ?from the West

1799

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 79 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02158
Turner Bequest XLVI 111

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this study is related to the finished watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800, View of the Gothic Abbey (afternoon) now building at Fonthill, the seat of William Beckford Esq. (private collection);1 see also the Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02184; Turner Bequest XLVII 7). Other Fonthill Abbey composition studies are on folios 106 verso and 113 recto of the present book (D02152, D02162).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.335, reproduced.

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