Joseph Mallord William Turner

Malmesbury Abbey from the South-East

1791

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 181 × 253 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00112
Turner Bequest VII E

Catalogue entry

Its dimensions and well-used character, as well as the subject of the view, suggest that this is a leaf from the Bristol and Malmesbury sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest VI). The view is similar to that on Tate D00086–D00087 (Turner Bequest VI 12, 13), though with a different foreground, and was perhaps undertaken in an attempt to bring the complete subject of those two leaves on to one page. The composition is repeated in an independent watercolour now in the Bury Art Gallery.1
There are colour trials on the verso (D41454).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.303 no.26, reproduced.
Technical notes:
The sheet is rubbed, stained and dirty, with grey and brown patches of colour superimposed on the design.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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