West Front, Bath Abbey

Creation date
pencil on white paper
Mark Descriptions
watermark: J WHATMAN | inscribed in pencil, U.R.: Wlylde Noring ... Warehouse / Marsh Wollen [sic] Draper / City Banks / Kingston Buil[d]ing / 2. / 3. / Ionic
8 1/4 x 10 3/8 in
Credit line
John Herron Fund
Accession number
Not Currently On View

In 1789, Turner received his only formal lessons in landscape drawing from Thomas Malton, Jr., a specialist in drawing architecture with accuracy and in dramatic perspective.

Turner mastered these lessons and employed such shortcuts in this drawing as detailing only one repetitive Gothic detail and noting the names of adjacent merchants for future inclusion in his watercolor.

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