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Havell, who was a native of Reading, produced numerous watercolours and oils of Thames Valley subjects from 1805 onwards. At this time he was a great admirer of Turner, who carried out his own campaign of oil sketching on the Thames in that year. One of Havell's on-the-spot sketches can be seen in Room 5. This painting of the Thames near Moulsford, which lies between Goring and Wallingford, is more likely to have been executed in the studio.

September 2004