Joseph Mallord William Turner
Guildford from the Banks of the Wey c.1805

Artwork details

Guildford from the Banks of the Wey
Date c.1805
Medium Oil paint on mahogany veneer mounted onto cedar panel
Dimensions Support: 254 x 197 mm
frame: 349 x 292 x 38 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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In 1805, Turner took a holiday exploring the Thames, and its tributary the Wey, by boat. The tour produced an outstanding body of oils painted directly from nature, some painted aboard his boat. Besides larger studies on canvas, of which two are shown in this room, he made a series of very freely handled sketches on mahogany panel. Like this distant view of Guildford Castle, they are often painted on a wide, shallow format from a low viewpoint, focusing mainly on trees and sky.

August 2004

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