Llanthony Abbey, Monmouthshire

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
watercolor on white paper
Mark Descriptions
J WHATMAN | inscribed in black ink, L.L.: W. Turner 1802?
Dimensions
8 3/8 x 10 5/8 in (sheet)
Credit line
Gift in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Hugo O. Pantzer by their children
Accession number
72.176
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.
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