Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Llanthony Abbey

1792

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 200 x 270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00135
Turner Bequest XII F

Catalogue entry

A finished watercolour of this subject is Tate D00679 (Turner Bequest XXVII R);1 another is in a private collection.2 These may have been made in response to the commissions recorded in Turner’s inscription on the verso. The subject was to prove a fertile one for Turner; an aquatint after the private collection version was published in 1823, and a view of Llanthony derived from this pencil drawing was to appear among the later plates of the Picturesque Views in England and Wales.3 Other views of Llanthony Abbey made on this tour are Tate D00136 (Turner Bequest XII G) and its verso (D40036); see also Tate D00368 (Turner Bequest XXII O).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.308 no.65, pl.13.
2
Ibid., p.308 no.66, reproduced.
3
Ibid., p.401 no.863, pl.198.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘<’ [crossed through] |‘Mr Clithero 1 New Ormond Street | Mr Clutterbuck 2 Gn ½’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; inscribed in a modern hand ‘4’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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