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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Fountains Abbey from the West 1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
Fountains Abbey from the West 1816
Turner Bequest CXLIV 38a
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 97 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the left half of a double-page spread continued to the right on folio 39 (D10940), opposite, recording the west range of Fountains Abbey. The panorama is continued further to the right on 39 verso (D10941). The observation of architectural detail here, particularly of the articulation of the west range of the cellarium, is very poor for Turner at this time. However, a similar view from further right drawn in much greater detail in the Devonshire Rivers, No.3, and Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09864; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 63) possibly dates from the same visit.

David Hill
January 2009

How to cite

David Hill, ‘Fountains Abbey from the West 1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-fountains-abbey-from-the-west-r1144127, accessed 20 January 2021.