Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Battle Abbey from the West

c.1806–10

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05662
Turner Bequest XCI 45

Catalogue entry

Despite Finberg’s identification as Herstmonceux Castle and Edward Croft-Murray’s as Pevensey Castle in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg now in Tate’s Library, it seems more likely that this and a similar view on folio 46 (D05663) depict Battle Abbey, seen from the west with the gatehouse on the left. Turner drew a more expansive view from a similar angle, extending further to each side, in his Views in Sussex sketchbook (Tate D10321–D10322; Turner Bequest CXXXVIII 2–3) and used it for his watercolour Battle Abbey (private collection)1 painted for John Fuller and engraved in aquatint by Joseph Stadler for Lour Large Coloured Views in Sussex.
Views of Battle Abbey in this sketchbook probably run to folio 54 (D05671).
1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.349 no.435.
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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