Joseph Mallord William Turner

Malmesbury: The Ruined Tower of the Abbey, with the Parish Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 229 × 332 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XXXVIII 74

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, this is one of a sequence of twelve drawings of Malmesbury in this book; see under folio 2 recto (D01252; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 3).
Having been removed for display in the National Gallery’s First Loan Collection, the sheet became misplaced as well as badly discoloured; listing it as page 74 of the book, Finberg noted that it ‘should be p. 4a’.1
Finberg 1909, I, p.87.
Technical notes:
The paper is discoloured from exposure while on display, except where the edges were protected by a mount.
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart’ and ‘Malmesbury’, to which has been added another hand in pencil ‘?’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram below ‘XXXVIII – 74’; inscribed by A.J. Finberg in red ink ‘p.74 “Hereford Court” sketch book .’ For Sir Richard Colt Hoare’s commission see the note to folio 3 recto (D01253; Turner Bequest XXXVIII 4).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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