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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Composition Study for a View of Fonthill from the North-East 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 113 Recto:
Composition Study for a View of Fonthill from the North-East 1799
D02162
Turner Bequest XLVI 113
Pencil on white wove paper prepared with a pink ground, 79 x 130 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘113’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLVI – 113’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rough study, made with the page turned horizontally, is related to the finished watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800, North-east view of the Gothic Abbey (sunset) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq. (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester).1 A more elaborate preliminary drawing for the work is in the Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02188; Turner Bequest XLVII 11). See also folios 106 verso and 111 recto in this book (D02152, D02158).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.339, reproduced.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Composition Study for a View of Fonthill from the North-East 1799 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-composition-study-for-a-view-of-fonthill-from-the-north-east-r1180021, accessed 27 October 2021.