Joseph Mallord William TurnerBarges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area 1805

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Artist
Title
Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area
From Hesperides (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIII
Date 1805
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05835
Turner Bequest XCIII 39 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Verso:
Barges on the Thames, ?Richmond/Isleworth/Kew Area 1805
D05835
Turner Bequest XCIII 39a
Pen and ink and watercolour on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a group of watercolour studies of Thames scenery that occupy some of the later folios of the sketchbook; see chiefly 38 verso (D05833) and Introduction to the book for comment. Edward Croft-Murray, in a pencil annotation to a copy of Finberg in the Tate Library, identified the subject as ‘Thames near Kew’ while Hill, acknowleding the difficulty of precisely locating the site, suggests Richmond/Isleworth/Kew. He compares the scenery to a watercolour also of an unidentified stretch of the Thames dating from about 1806 (British Museum, London)1 but there seems no particular connection.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.347 no.415.

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