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 39 Recto:
Fountains Abbey from the West 1816
Turner Bequest CXLIV 39
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 97 mm
Inscribed, possibly John Ruskin, in red ink ‘39’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXLIV 39’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is the right half of a double-page spread continued from folio 38 verso (D10939), opposite, recording the view of the west range of Fountains Abbey. The panorama continues further to the right on the verso of the present leaf (D10941). See notes to D10939 for the uncharacteristically poor articulation of architectural detail in this spread, and for a more dtailed and possibly contemporary drawing taken from a position further right, in the Devonshire Rivers, No.3, and Wharfedale sketchbook (Tate D09864; Turner Bequest CXXXIV 63).

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-r1144128, accessed 09 March 2021.