Llanthony Abbey, Monmouthshire

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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This rain-swept panorama of the ruins of Llanthony Abbey in the stormy Black Mountains of South Wales is early evidence of Turner’s fascination with the potent forces of nature. This weather is absent from the precise pencil sketch that Turner made on site, but was conjured up from memory when he fashioned this watercolor in his London studio.

Possibly R. Chambers Sale (Christie’s, London) in 1859;{1} bought by Gregory. Gilbert Davis. Sale at (Sotheby’s, London) in 1958;{2} purchased by (John Mitchell, London) for Kurt Pantzer, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972 (72.176).

{1} Christie’s, London, Pictures and drawings [R. Chambers], 29 March 1859.
{2} Sotheby’s, London, Catalogue of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Drawings and Paintings, 19 March 1958, lot 104.

Object Information

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1792
watercolor over pencil on white paper
8-3/8 x 10-5/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
J WHATMAN | inscribed in black ink, L.L.: W. Turner 1802?
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credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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