Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fonthill: Distant View of the Abbey from the South-East

1799

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 335 × 433 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02185
Turner Bequest XLVII 8

Catalogue entry

A watercolour version of this study, made with the page turned horizontally, is at Leeds Art Gallery,1 and is probably a leaf from this sketchbook; the exhibited work based on it is East view of the Gothic Abbey (noon) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq., exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800 (National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh).2 A copy of this finished watercolour by another hand is in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (D.4.1949).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.338–9 no.340, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.338 no.338 (sic), reproduced.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 22, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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