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Northwest View of Malmesbury Abbey

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)

Turner habitually sketched a site from many angles rather than follow the common practice of fixing on the one spot that guidebooks of the day prescribed as the "best view."

This close-up of the ruined abbey was one of several drawn in the summer of 1791, from which the sixteen-year-old artist chose one to work up into a watercolor for the next year's Royal Academy exhibition.

Object Information

Joseph M. Turner (English, 1775-1851)
creation date
about 1791
pencil on white paper
7 3/4 x 10 1/2 in (sheet)
mark descriptions
inscribed in pencil, L.L.: North West, Malmsbury [sic] Abbey, Wiltshire | signed in pencil, L.R.: W. Turner
accession number
credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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