Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Nuneham Courtenay, near Abingdon, from the South-West

c.1789

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 × 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00016
Turner Bequest II 6

Catalogue entry

Unless the sketchbook is earlier in date than other evidence suggests, this study must have been made on the spot, rather than as preparation for the finished view of 1787 (Tate D00002; Turner Bequest I B) which is, however, very close in viewpoint and general composition. See also folio 10 recto (D00022). The summary quality of the drawing suggests that it was intended merely as an aide-mémoire to corroborate the accuracy of the print from which D00002 was copied, but Turner evidently went back to the subject to make the more detailed study on D00022.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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