Turner's detailed pencil and watercolour painting of Tintern Abbey, in South Wales. Depite the ruins, Turner captures its beauty by illustrating the nature which surrounds it.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Chancel and Crossing of Tintern Abbey, Looking Towards the East Window
35.8 x 25.5 cm
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Date of work
Original: Pencil and watercolour on paper, 35.8 x 25.5 cm ® Tate, London
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.