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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Romsey Abbey from the South-West 1795

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Romsey Abbey from the South-West 1795
Turner Bequest XXIV 6
Pencil on white wove paper, 204 x 264 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ bottom left, descending vertically (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘XXIV 6’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg tentatively identified the building as the chapel of St Cross, Winchester; C.F. Bell recognised it as Romsey Abbey. The foundation dates from the tenth century, and much of the present structure is of the twelfth. The building stands isolated from the town, very much as Turner shows it here.
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Romsey Abbey from the South-West 1795 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-romsey-abbey-from-the-south-west-r1140989, accessed 30 November 2021.