Llanthony Abbey, Monmouthshire
Llanthony Abbey, Monmouthshire

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Llanthony Abbey, Monmouthshire

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)


Turner's lifelong fascination with the potent forces of nature first manifested itself in this rain-swept panorama of Llanthony Abbey in the stormy Black Mountains of South Wales.

Atmospheric conditions were not suggested in the precise pencil sketch that Turner made on site, but were rather conjured from memory when he fashioned the watercolor in his 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 no. 104.

Object Information

artist
Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1792
materials
watercolor on white paper
dimensions
8 3/8 x 10 5/8 in (sheet)
mark descriptions
J WHATMAN | inscribed in black ink, L.L.: W. Turner 1802?
accession number
72.176
credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors