J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Abingdon: The Town Seen across the River Thames 1797-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Abingdon: The Town Seen across the River Thames 1797–8
Turner Bequest L Y
Pencil on white wove paper, 207 x 266 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘L.Y’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘L – Y’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner scholar C.F. Bell identified this subject as Abingdon1 (now in Oxfordshire, but formerly in Berkshire). For the dating of this drawing and contemporary views in the Oxford area, see under Tate D02358 (Turner Bequest L Q).
MS note ‘Abin[g]don. CFB’ by A.J. Finberg in his annotated, interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, vol.I, opposite p.128.
Technical notes:
The sheet has been folded vertically down the centre. It is one of a sequence of sixteen Yorkshire and other subjects included in the present subsection which were executed on uniform sheets of paper, as discussed and listed in the Introduction.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Abingdon: The Town Seen across the River Thames 1797–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-abingdon-the-town-seen-across-the-river-thames-r1150287, accessed 14 August 2022.