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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window 1794

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window 1794
D00374
Turner Bequest XXIII A
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 359 x 250 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXIII A’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view is derived from the pencil drawing made on the spot (Tate D00134; Turner Bequest XII E). Although apparently a completed work, a small area of reserved paper lower centre indicates that this is not in fact finished. It is a study for the watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1794 (402), now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (1683–1871).1
A similar view looking into the transept is in the Lloyd Bequest, British Museum, London (1958–7–12–400).2 A variant is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,3 and the composition is repeated in several views of the ruins by other artists, notably by Edward Dayes (1763–1804).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.307 no.57, reproduced.
2
Ibid., p.307 no.59, reproduced; see also Kim Sloan, J.M.W.Turner: Watercolours from the R.W. Lloyd Bequest to the British Museum, London 1998, p.40 no.3, reproduced in colour p.[41].
3
Wilton 1979, p.307 no.58, reproduced.
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Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window 1794 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-tintern-abbey-the-crossing-and-chancel-looking-towards-the-r1141174, accessed 01 June 2020.