J.M.W. Turner The Sunshine Boy
The Chancel and Crossing of Tintern Abbey, Looking towards the East Window, exhibited 1794
Pencil and watercolor on paper
In 1792, just 17 years old and already a skilled draughtsman, Turner journeyed through the Wye Valley, birthplace of the "picturesque." There he saw Tintern Abbey, the ruined Gothic church that would later find its way into the title of one of Wordsworths' most famous poems.