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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 104.

Object Information

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1792
watercolor 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?
accession number
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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