Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill Abbey Seen from the South-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: 330 x 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02189
Turner Bequest XLVII 12

Catalogue entry

The finished watercolour based on this drawing was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800 with the title South-west view of a Gothic Abbey (Morning) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq. (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto),1 one of a set of five views recording different times of day in the grounds of Fonthill. A pencil note of the composition is in the Dolbadarn sketchbook (Tate D02152; Turner Bequest XLVI 106a).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.336, reproduced; see also ibid., nos.335, 337–339, reproduced, and pl.53.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 25, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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