Joseph Mallord William Turner
Kew Palace and Bridge Seen through Trees, from the Middlesex Bank of the Thames near the Entrance to the Grand Union Canal 1805

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Kew Palace and Bridge Seen through Trees, from the Middlesex Bank of the Thames near the Entrance to the Grand Union Canal
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05505
Turner Bequest XC 11
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Catalogue entry

Hill gives a full description of the subject and viewpoint, on the Middlesex bank of the Thames near the entrance to the Grand Union Canal and the mouth of the River Brent. James Wyatt’s new Kew Palace, with its castellated roof, is clearly seen; Hill notes that the building on the left, part of which was a former windmill, was in use as a basket factory. Also noticed by Hill is the similarity of viewpoint to a watercolour formerly known as Eton College, from the Thames 1 but now identified as depicting Kew Palace (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester).2 A sketch of a similar view, with less detail and cut off somewhat on the right, is on folio 13 of the sketchbook (D05508). Compare also the contemporary watercolour in the Hesperides (1) sketchbook (Tate D05833; Turner Bequest XCIII 38a).

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.346 no.413.
2
Craig Hartley, Turner Watercolours in the Whitworth Art Gallery, exhibition catalogue, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester 1984, pp.37–9.

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