Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fountains Abbey: Huby’s Tower from the Chapel of the Nine Altars

1797

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 370 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01082
Turner Bequest XXXV 80

Catalogue entry

Turner seems to have been particularly receptive to the effect of sunlit masonry glimpsed between other structures, bringing out his watercolours to record its intensity. Compare his study at Tynemouth in the contemporary North of England sketchbook (Tate D00939; Turner Bequest XXXIV 33). Other drawings made at Fountains are on folio 10 recto (D01010; Turner Bequest XXXV 7) in this book and, in North of England, Tate D01000 (Turner Bequest XXXIV 89).
Technical notes:
The page is slightly discoloured from exposure when on display, apart from the edges formerly protected by a mount.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘722’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
August 2010

Revised by Matthew Imms
September 2014

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