Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fountains Abbey from the West

1816

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D10940
Turner Bequest CXLIV 39

Catalogue entry

This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 38 verso (D10939), opposite, recording the view of the west range of Fountains Abbey. The panorama continues further to the right on the verso of the present leaf (D10941). See notes to D10939 for the uncharacteristically poor articulation of architectural detail in this spread, and for a more dtailed and possibly contemporary drawing taken from a position further right, in the Devonshire Rivers, No.3, and Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09864; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 63).

David Hill
January 2009

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