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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The West End of Malmesbury Abbey, Seen from the South-West 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
The West End of Malmesbury Abbey, Seen from the South-West 1798
D01482
Turner Bequest XL 11a
Pencil on white wove paper, 135 x 95 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘82’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘XL – 11 a’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is an unexpectedly tentative drawing, and rather slight, though it must have been undertaken to amplify the information that Turner had collected in his other drawings of the ruins of Malmesbury Abbey in the contemporary Hereford Court sketchbook, such as Tate D01256, D01258 and D01328 (Turner Bequest XXXVIII 7, 9, 74).
The subject is continued on folio 12 recto (D01483). A more confident and elaborate study of the abbey from a slightly different viewpoint is on folios 13 verso–14 recto (D01485–D01486).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘The West End of Malmesbury Abbey, Seen from the South-West 1798 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 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-west-end-of-malmesbury-abbey-seen-from-the-south-west-r1173718, accessed 23 May 2022.