West Front, Bath Abbey

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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In 1789, Turner received his only formal lessons in landscape drawing from Thomas Malton, Jr., a specialist in drawing architecture with accuracy and in dramatic perspective.

Turner mastered these lessons and employed such shortcuts in this drawing as detailing only one repetitive Gothic detail and noting the names of adjacent merchants for future inclusion in his watercolor.

Object Information

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1791
pencil on white paper
8-1/4 x 10-3/8 in.
mark descriptions
watermark: J WHATMAN | inscribed in pencil, U.R.: Wlylde Noring ... Warehouse / Marsh Wollen [sic] Draper / City Banks / Kingston Buil[d]ing / 2. / 3. / Ionic
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credit line
John Herron Fund
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