Joseph Mallord William Turner A River Seen from a Hill c.1840–5

Artwork details

A River Seen from a Hill
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 787 x 794 mm
frame: 950 x 950 x 60 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Catalogue entry

532. [N05475] A River Seen from a Hill c. 1840–5


Canvas, 31 × 31 3/4 (79 × 79·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (157, one of 2 each 2'7 3/4" ×2'7" with No. 504); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Exh. Arts Council tour 1952 (22); Athens 1980 (76, repr. in colour).

Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 157, 188; Herrmann 1978, p. 773; Wallace 1979, p. 109, pl. 1; Butlin 1981, p. 45.

An oil beginning, square in shape and probably done in the early 1840s when Turner was experimenting with such formats; c.f. especially No. 504 [N05482]. The canvas bears the form of Thomas Brown's stamp that seems to have come into use in about 1839. The scene, with a bridge and twin poplars, may be Italian but is not necessarily so.

The original paint has been lost all down the left-hand edge.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984

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