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J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Tintern Abbey, the transept
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THE IMAGES ON this page and the next were made at almost the same time in different parts of Europe by two famous painters. This watercolour of Tintern Abbey is by Turner. In the late eighteenth century the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape, and a fashion for the medieval or ‘Gothick’, led to a new appreciation of the British countryside. Tourists sought out picturesque ruins and romantic landscapes.

Turner visited the ruins of the twelfth-century abbey in Monmouthshire, which he visited in 1792, and again in 1793. Visitors were as much impressed by the way that nature had reclaimed the monument as by the scale and grandeur of the buildings, and Turner’s blue-green washes over the far wall blend stone and leaf together. The figures of the tourist party and the gardener may have been added by another artist working in collaboration with Turner, a common method of production at the time.

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Tintern Abbey, the transept

From England, с. AD 1795
Ht 34.5cm
R. W. Lloyd Bequest

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