Joseph Mallord William Turner

A River Scene with Barges, Probably on the Thames Upstream from London

c.1815–16

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 102 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10780
Turner Bequest CXLIII 5

Catalogue entry

The subjects from folio 3 recto (D10778) to folio 6 recto (D10781) await positive identification, but the views of Southwark Bridge preceding them (see under folio 1 recto; D10775) and the subsequent sketch of Greenwich on folio 7 recto (D10783) suggest that they are all likely to be River Thames scenes around London. The meandering watercourse with trees and barges shown here is reminiscent of many of the studies made while Turner lived west of London beside the Thames at Isleworth, a decade before the likely date of the studies here.1
For Gerald Wilkinson’s comments on the style and dating of this and other pages in the sketchbook, see under folio 4 recto (D10779).
1
See David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993.
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Matthew Imms
September 2013

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