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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Composition Study for a View of Fonthill ?from the West 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 111 Recto:
Composition Study for a View of Fonthill ?from the West 1799
D02158
Turner Bequest XLVI 111
Pencil on white wove paper prepared with a pink ground, 79 x 130 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘111’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLVI – 111’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made with the page turned horizontally, this study is related to the finished watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800, View of the Gothic Abbey (afternoon) now building at Fonthill, the seat of William Beckford Esq. (private collection);1 see also the Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02184; Turner Bequest XLVII 7). Other Fonthill Abbey composition studies are on folios 106 verso and 113 recto of the present book (D02152, D02162).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.338 no.335, reproduced.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Composition Study for a View of Fonthill ?from the West 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-west-r1180017, accessed 08 December 2021.