Joseph Mallord William TurnerGodalming from the South 1805

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Godalming from the South
Date 1805
MediumOil paint on mahogany veneer mounted onto cedar panel
Dimensionssupport: 203 x 349 mm frame: 377 x 521 x 74 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Catalogue entry

[from] Nos. 177–94: Small Thames Sketches c. 1807

THESE eighteen sketches of various sizes, painted on mahogany veneer, are all from the Turner Bequest. They were included in the 1854 Schedule as Nos. 184 to 200*, ‘18 fragments various sizes on Veneers—or thin panels’; in the 1856 Schedule no. 200* [N05534], was inadvertently omitted. They were first numbered, laid down on panels, cleaned and exhibited in 1908 and 1910.

The identifiable subjects of these sketches are all on the Thames or its tributary the Wey; several of the Guildford and Godalming views were identified in 1970 by Christopher Pinsent, including No. 186 [N02309], formerly thought to show Windsor Castle. The same area, with the exception of Walton Bridges, is covered by drawings in the ‘Windsor, Eton’ sketchbook and the ‘Wey, Guildford’ sketchbook (XCVII and XCVIII)… (read more)

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