Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fountains Abbey from the West

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 × 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10939
Turner Bequest CXLIV 38 a

Catalogue entry

This is the left half of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 39 (D10940), opposite, recording the west range of Fountains Abbey. The panorama is continued further to the right on 39 verso (D10941). The observation of architectural detail here, particularly of the articulation of the west range of the cellarium, is very poor for Turner at this time. However, a similar view from further right drawn in much greater detail in the Devonshire Rivers, No.3, and Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09864; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 63) possibly dates from the same visit.

David Hill
January 2009

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