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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Fonthill: Distant View of the Abbey from the South-East 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Fonthill: Distant View of the Abbey from the South-East 1799
D02185
Turner Bequest XLVII 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 314 x 469 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLVII – 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A watercolour version of this study, made with the page turned horizontally, is at Leeds Art Gallery,1 and is probably a leaf from this sketchbook; the exhibited work based on it is East view of the Gothic Abbey (noon) now building at Fonthill, the seat of W. Beckford, Esq., exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800 (National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh).2 A copy of this finished watercolour by another hand is in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (D.4.1949).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.338–9 no.340, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.338 no.338 (sic), reproduced.
Technical notes:
For a proposed sequence for the leaves of the disbound Fonthill sketchbook, with this page as folio 22, see the Introduction.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Fonthill: Distant View of the Abbey from the South-East 1799 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-fonthill-distant-view-of-the-abbey-from-the-south-east-r1174239, accessed 05 December 2021.